This Week On The Homestead

Well, folks, it’s easy to tell that spring has sprung in Tennessee…

Every morning my truck is covered with a layer of green pollen and my sinuses are killing me. The drainage in my throat, the stuffy head, and the ear pressure. Oh, how wonderful.

I love Tennessee for a number of reasons however the spring pollen count isn’t one of them. If you suffer from seasonal allergies then you might want to consider building your homestead somewhere else, somewhere where there isn’t a constant barrage of attacks on the sinuses.

I spend a large part of this week getting my new FREE course ready for you all.

As you know I make my full-time living blogging and online and it’s great. No job, no boss, and I can earn as much as I willing to put in the time to earn all right from my homestead. Being self-employed is one the if the most important part of being a successful homesteader.

And because that’s so important I put together a FREE course to show you how to do what I do. It’s a seven-part course on blogging and you can sign up for it here – Learn How To Launch A Successful Blog!

Just click on the link and then add your first name (or a nickname or whatever) and your email address and you’ll get an email asking you to confirm that you want to receive the free course, click on the confirm button and you’re all set.

Okay, now what else do I need to tell you… oh, yeah…

Instead of sending out an email to subscribers of this site every time that a new post is published I’ve decided to send out a weekly digest of posts instead. I decided to do it that way because I didn’t want to be flooding your email inbox with blog updates.

I know that time is precious and I want to save you all of the time that I can and the weekly digest does that by sending you all of the posts since the last digest and you can quickly scroll the email and then choose what you want to read and skip the rest.

The weekly digest will be sent to your email inbox every Wednesday at approximately 10:00 AM eastern time. However, you can always just come directly to the site to read the most recent updates and comments. Don’t forget to bookmark it or just do a search for M.D. Creekmore.

I noticed this morning that someone has my book 31 Days To Survival listed on Amazon for $34.83! It’s a great book, that’s for sure, however, even I don’t think that it’s worth that price, the great news is that you can get it from me for only $21.24.

Also, if you want to set up a dirt cheap homestead then I wrote a book about how to do that too, this book will show you exactly how I did it. I set it up, lived there, blogged, saved the money that I earned from blogging and bought a small two bedroom mobile home, and then saved some more and bought this house – all from blogging income and you can do it to – take my free course to find out how.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get a whole lot new done on the homestead this week. The first part of the week I mowed my grass and then the sinuses started, so I’ve stayed indoors for the most part of the last couple of days working on the free blogging course and trying to get these allergies under control.

I did order a copy of “The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner: What to Do & When to Do It in the Garden, Orchard, Barn, Pasture & Equipment Shed” I think this will be a great book to review here on the blog.

And this is when my allergy troubles started!

And this is when my allergy troubles started!

Okay, folks, that’s it for me what about you… what did you do on the homestead this week?

M.D. Creekmore

I've been interested in self-reliance topics for over 25 years. I’m the author of four books that you can find here. Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about prepping, homesteading, and self-reliance topics through first-hand experience and now I want to share what I’ve learned with you.

238 Responses

  1. Fixit says:

    Nice weather this week.. Cleaned some garden beds and canned carrots.

  2. Prepared Grammy says:

    This Week:

    The 5th through 8th grade classes at my school have been learning archery. It’s amazing how well they did, and they really enjoyed it.

    -Added to the stockpile: 30 lbs. flour, 14 lbs. brown sugar, 12 lbs. powdered sugar, 80 lbs. sugar, tea, granola bars, a few cake mixes (on sale), 4 lbs. butter, large container of chili powder, large container of dehydrated onion,

    -Goats: Our dairy goat gave birth to triplets, and they’re all bucklings. I’m still not sure if the other doe is bred. If not, we’re going to take her back to the buck and try again.

    -Chickens: I’m continuing to give fertilized eggs to local teachers to hatch chicks in their classrooms. I received my order of chicks that I ordered early last fall.

    -Homestead: Leveled and seeded the ground around the pond we repaired (hopefully).

    -Garden: Planted more lettuce. Earlier planting has sprouted. Seedlings are doing well.

    -Information: Reading Nella Last’s War.

    -Health: Ordered and received a chest seal. Got antibiotic eye drops, moisturizing eye drops, iron supplements,

    Be prepared. Stay safe. He’s in charge.

    • LivintheDream says:

      PG: I got my first two hives set up Monday! Wooo-hooooo!!! Italians. Thanks to u & Ohio Prepper for “holding my hand”! All the reading & youtubes do not necessarily prepare one to actually “do”!

    • Anonamo Also says:

      MD , look at last note I sent you about needs for prepping…. see near end , my next buy,recommended product, and will stop the issue you are having…
      PG,You do know that colloidial silver can be used as antibiotic eye drops safely,?… unless ALLergic to silver.,

    • Prepared Grammy ,

      The 5th through 8th grade classes at my school have been learning archery. It’s amazing how well they did, and they really enjoyed it.

      I introduced my DD to shooting (.22 rifle) at age 5 and from then on we attended the National Hunting and Fishing day which is normally the 4th Saturday in September. When she was in about the 4th or 5th grade we attended one where she got to try various firearms and fishing gear; but, insisted on going back to the archery exhibit between each event. As it turned out, the archery group was also having their family day that same afternoon and invited us to their facility that was only about 6 miles away, so we attended and ended up purchasing her a lightweight compound bow. She had a blast with it and in later years at summer camp did well with all of their bows. One thing we had to do with my DD that should always be checked for long gun or bow is dominant eye. My DD is cross dominant (Right Handed & Left Eye) so we taught her to shoot left handed and to this day she can still pick up a rifle, shotgun, or bow with her left hand and use it rather well, so getting those kids started early is a great idea.

      • Livinthedream says:

        OP, I took ur advice on moving new bees from package to hive late in day. In fact, just b4 sunset. Worked perfectly! And no stings! Well, I was fully “suited up”. In fact, I suited up b4 getting in my car, then driving to pick up packages! Big Scaredy Cat here had visions of bees flying & stinging while driving! Did not happen , of course. U shld have seen some of the double-takes! I guess folks don’t normally drive while wearing a beekeepers suit, hat, veil, gloves..the whole thing!

        Thank you!

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          That’s definitely the time of day to move them. Good job.

        • Livinthedream ,

          OP, I took ur advice on moving new bees from package to hive late in day. In fact, just b4 sunset.

          That’s what I was taught and it’s worked OK for me using only sugar syrup in a spray bottle.

          Worked perfectly! And no stings! Well, I was fully “suited up”. In fact, I suited up b4 getting in my car, then driving to pick up packages! Big Scaredy Cat here had visions of bees flying & stinging while driving! Did not happen , of course.

          We’ve all been there. I started working with bees an uncle was keeping around age 14 or 15 and at first he suited me up while he worked with only a veil and hat. Even fully suited up, the first time there are bees flying all over the place and landing on the veil just inches from your face, it can be a bit unnerving; but, you then realize that these critters are not evil or vengeful, and with care are simple to manage. If you keep bees however, you will on occasion be stung since that’s just a small part of the hobby.
          One thing that still freaks me out a bit with packaged bees is when I found out that those packages are sometimes delivered as packages via USPS. I’ve wondered how the mail carriers feel about such things, LOL.

          U shld have seen some of the double-takes! I guess folks don’t normally drive while wearing a beekeepers suit, hat, veil, gloves..the whole thing!

          Ya’ think? Would have made a good YouTube video perhaps, since I suspect most people seeing you drive by would have been thinking it was a Hazmat situation and not a beekeeper.

  3. Gloria says:

    We’ve all been very sick with the heavy chest cold going around. Just when you think it’s clearing up, it comes back again just as intense as before. Did find a few things I’m short of in preps for dealing with such sickness. Picked up 2 large jars of special congestion ointment that also works as a muscle relief.

    One prep I signed up for is the food revolution summit (dot org) coming at month end. Picked up 2 doz used pint jars for vac sealing food. Now I can release more pint mason jars for actual canning. Picked up a thrift store pot on clearance so I can use the handle on a good frying pan that shattered its handle after almost 50 years.

    Have a number of bee food seeds that include buckwheat on order along with replacement raspberry plants.

    It’s our 49th anniversary this past week and we have to postpone celebrations until we all feel better.

    • Thor1 says:

      Hope you feel better and congratulations on your anniversary.

    • Almost There says:

      Gloria,

      Wondering if you tried elderberry syrup. Hope you get to feeling better soon. Congratulations on 49 years together.

      • Livinthedream says:

        Elderberry syrup works very well for me. Point of info: it neefs tk be SAMBUCAS NIGRA (Black Elderberry,). There is also red elderberry which grows in Canada. It does not work as welk as Black (Nigra).

      • Anonamo Also says:

        My chest colds… i use, oil of oregano, garlic vinegar 8cc q 4 hours, peppermint.. can also use oils 3 drops each in tablespoon of olive or coconut oil for chest rub and foot rub, wear socks when in bed…

      • NANN! says:

        Had to smile at the mention of elderberry syrup. I felt I was coming down with something a couple weeks ago, and my 15 yo grandson asked me if I’d tried it. He’s a smart one!

    • Gloria,

      Picked up 2 large jars of special congestion ointment that also works as a muscle relief.

      Hmmm. We have some of that also. Ours is called Vicks VapoRub. The company describes it as a mentholated topical ointment that is indicated for use on the chest, back and throat for cough suppression due to the common cold or on muscles and joints for minor aches and pains. My parents used this on me as a child and it is one of those tried and true old time OTC remedies that just works and is rather inexpensive. For colds and congestion my folks would smear it on my chest and put on a clean T-shirt before bed time, and breathing in those fumes (aromas?) generally had my sinuses running clear by morning.

      One prep I signed up for is the food revolution summit (dot org) coming at month end.

      I just signed up myself. Thanks for the tip.

      It’s our 49th anniversary this past week and we have to postpone celebrations until we all feel better.

      We’ll hit 36 this Tuesday, which is also Tax day in the U.S. so I suspect there is something that could be said here, LOL. In any case, congrats on 49 years together. I am personally pleased when I see couples hit 15 or 20, since now a days it seems that “in sickness and in health” and “till death do us part” are just something people mumble without thought.

      • Gloria says:

        I don’t bother with Vicks. We use Unkers, which we find more effective.

        • Gloria,

          I don’t bother with Vicks. We use Unkers, which we find more effective.

          Vicks has always worked well for us and I’ve never heard of Unkers; but, it might be worth a look. Thanks for the mention.

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          Unkers is the best, but I still have some generic jars of the other.

      • Bam Bam says:

        Try putting the Vicks on your feet as well. Your feet will absorb the medicine quicker than any other part of your body.

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          Yes! On the feet then wear socks to bed.

          • Bam Bam & Prepared Grammy,

            Try putting the Vicks on your feet as well. Your feet will absorb the medicine quicker than any other part of your body.
            Yes! On the feet then wear socks to bed.

            I hadn’t heard of this; but, it’s worth making note. I think the main reason for placing it on the chest was to let you breath in the vapors to clear out your sinuses and lungs.
            BTW, I think it’s the tongue that can absorb the medicine quicker than any other part of your body; but, I think trying the feet might be a better starting place, LOL.
            I know from experience that sublingual Nitroglycerine spray hits the system very quickly.

            • GA Red says:

              I have heard about putting on the feet and I have heard that under the tongue is one of the fastest ways to get something into your bloodstream. Suppositories are as fast, if not faster – I just don’t think I want Vick’s in my mouth or through a suppository. However, if you’re a diabetic and taking insulin, it’s really good to know that candy under the tongue gets into your bloodstream quickly in case of an insulin overdose.

              • GA Red ,

                I have heard about putting on the feet and I have heard that under the tongue is one of the fastest ways to get something into your bloodstream.

                Here’s some information on Sublingual administration of chemicals from Wikipedia

                Sublingual (abbreviated SL), from the Latin for “under the tongue”, refers to the pharmacological route of administration by which substances diffuse into the blood through tissues under the tongue. Many drugs are designed for sublingual administration, including cardiovascular drugs, steroids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines,[1] opioid analgesics, enzymes and, increasingly, vitamins and minerals.
                When a chemical comes in contact with the mucous membrane beneath the tongue, it is absorbed. Because the connective tissue beneath the epithelium contains a profusion of capillaries, the substance then diffuses into them and enters the venous circulation. In contrast, substances absorbed in the intestines are subject to first-pass metabolism in the liver before entering the general circulation.

                Suppositories are as fast, if not faster – I just don’t think I want Vick’s in my mouth or through a suppository.

                Note that the same conditions exist in the intestine (mucosal tissues with lots of blood flow from capillaries); and while these capillaries are normally used to absorb nutrients from food, they are basic two way systems. I’ve heard of rehydration being performed via a saline & glucose solution as an enema, which Is especially good or someone who cannot drink a rehydration solution and where intravenous fluids are not available.

                However, if you’re a diabetic and taking insulin, it’s really good to know that candy under the tongue gets into your bloodstream quickly in case of an insulin overdose.

                I’ve known some diabetics who carry glucose tablets that can be eaten or placed under the tongue.

    • Livinthedream says:

      Congrats! 49 years…almost “golden”!

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      Happy Anniversary!

    • Anonamo Also says:

      Happy Anniversary anything after 40 all are golden, Enjoy every day.

    • GA Red says:

      Happy anniversary! We celebrated 16 years a couple of weeks ago. April is a good month to get married, it seems.

      • GA Red ,

        Happy anniversary! We celebrated 16 years a couple of weeks ago. April is a good month to get married, it seems.

        Congrats on the 16 years.
        This April is just a busy month, since it’s my birth month, my anniversary month, Tax month, and in my case the month where I stop taking all of those nasty anticoagulants.

  4. Goatlover2 says:

    Got the rest of my green beans picked and canned….well except for the 500 or so I’ve picked in the last 2 days! Trimmed back the basil and cilantro again and have them dehydrated and ready to be jarred up for future use. Received my Foxfire books!! Been enjoying the first one, laughing out loud at times. Love the country accents they try to convey. Planted pigeon peas for the critters, bought 3 more cases of pint jars and extra lids. That’s about it for me…

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      Goatlover, My first doe gave birth to three bucklings last Sunday, and they’re all doing GREAT! This is the first time I’ve bred the other doe, Amy. Her previous owner (I’ve been told she’s honest and reputable.) said that she’s never had any trouble being bred and had twins last year. Amy isn’t near as big as the other one was. I believe Amy was bred later (I saw the buck on her. She would be due to kid on Monday.), but I’m not sure if she’s actually bred. She’s not that big. Her bag is a little bigger, and we did check and she has a little milk. I know this is difficult for you to answer since you’re not here. But is it still possible that she’s bred and just having one kid? This is only my second year with goats, and I’m still learning. I REALLY appreciate the help I’ve already received from you and others on our host’s sites. Thanks.

      • Goatlover2 says:

        She could be pregnant with a single kid. Her udder getting a bit bigger is a good sign. I had one doe who snuck a single kid all the way through pregnancy without me noticing….keep an eye on her for other signs of labor. Yawning, pawing the ground, stretching, talking to herself. Good luck!!!!

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          Thanks. DIL and I were just in the barn, and doe is showing possible signs of early labor. I’m back on delivery watch.

    • GA Red says:

      I had 1, 3, and 9 of the Foxfire books. I bought #4 yesterday. Slowly adding to the collection and trying to buy them locally at a place we regularly stop when roaming through NE Ga – Mark of the Potter.

  5. JP in MT says:

    Another week with not much in the way of supplies getting bought.

    Free Stuff: bread,

    More work on the storage room. Used all my small and medium boxes, so we went out and bought more. Found “Jar Boxes” on clearance. Bought file boxes for tax paperwork. Grabbed 2 ammo cans on sale.

    With the new 9mm carbine, I’m getting the Colt 9mm ready for the next show. Traded for a couple of 10/22’s that are getting scoped with red-dots for the show too.

    Got almost all of the details put together for the delivery trip south. It will be good to add some more cash to the stash.

    • mom of three says:

      We are loving the Monopoly game, we have gotten 2 tomato sauces, 2 french bread 1 Tuna, 3 gravey packets, and 2 bagels, 1 sour cream , all for free yipee…

      • JP in MT says:

        mom of 3:

        Last year was even better as we were stocking up on pasta and beans. They were on sale plus tickets. We got 204 on one trip alone!

    • JP,

      With the new 9mm carbine, I’m getting the Colt 9mm ready for the next show. Traded for a couple of 10/22’s that are getting scoped with red-dots for the show too.

      Which carbine did you get?
      I wanted the Keltec Sub2000; bit, those have been impossible to find, so I ended up with a CZ Scorpion EVO 3 S1
      Of course now Ruger has their new carbine in 9mm also.
      Soe many guns; but, so little time and cash, LOL.

      • JP in MT says:

        TOP:

        I got the Ruger PC Carbine.

        • Cndnate says:

          Guys guys guys !!

          Why not the aero survival rifle very reasonable cost and many features such as take down ….and switchable caliber

          • JP in MT says:

            Cndnate:

            I chose this one because I was making a mental list of what I would like in a pistol caliber carbine, then 2 months laters I see the ad for this one. It even uses the magazine for the pistol I’ve settled on (a Glock), and can be switched to my Deep Sleep pistol’s mag (SR9/9E). And who knows what will come out from the aftermarket guys, maybe one for the DW’s pistol.

            Price was good (under $500) for what I got, and most of the accessories I took off my $1000 Colt went on it. So, once the Colt finds a new home, I’ll acutally be money ahead.

            Tried a Kel-Tec but the DW had a lot of trouble with the bolt.

            I just looked at the Aero. Not threaded (optional for +$68), no sights (and I really like Ghost Ring sights), and $250-300 more for the base model. Although the 10mm option is interesting.

            Of added benefit is that it has a conventional rifle style stock; not to be confused with one of those evil AR-type “assault rifles”; LOL. Mine will end up some other color, just haven’t made up my mind what yet.

            (If it sounded like we were fighting, at least I wasn’t.)

            • cndnate says:

              Isn’t ruger against the 2A though?

              All fine reasons. I really like the ASR with a very nice eotech. It also takes the glock mag and you can get threaded barrel. The take down is what sold me….

              I also just like how it looks and the weight balance on it. 3 seconds to assemble and maybe you want a second barrel for….?

              • Jesse Mathewson says:

                Bill Ruger supported the 94 ban, and worse did it for purely financial reasons.

                Most major gun companies these days have gotten behind bans or legislation which is why I try to avoid buying from them and or buy from palmetto state armory. However. Given the reasons listed for purchase of the PCc from ruger, I would probably also do the same

          • Cndnate ,

            Why not the aero survival rifle very reasonable cost and many features such as take down ….and switchable caliber

            I bought what was easily and locally available when I had the cash and the CZ is a solid rifle from a solid company.
            For take down and multiple cartridges, I have had a TC Contender with a handful of barrels for more than 20 years.

  6. Zulu 3-6 says:

    Did my weekly shopping and added to my grocery stash as usual.

    Slow week for me. I did order a dry firing system called iTarget. You use a real firearm and hook your smart phone up to the target frame (iPhone or Android), download the basic app (part of the purchase price), insert the proper caliber laser cartridge, and get busy. A laser cartridge of your choice comes with the system and you can buy additional caliber lasers if needed. This system is similar to the LaserLyte system Jesse reviewed about a year ago, except you use a real firearm. They also have 5.56mm lasers, which I also bought along with the 9mm that I ordered with the system. For a small charge ($4.99), you can get an app for your phone that also times you on your draw and fire abilities. iTarget is not available on Amazon (yet, anyway), only through their own web site, iTargetpro(dot)com. It is more expensive than the LaserLyte system, but I like using a real firearm instead of a plastic faux-Glock. I don’t own a Glock first of all, and I want as close to true weight as possible, both in gun weight and trigger pull. Call me picky, but there it is.

    Granddaughter recovered from the croup very well and she is completely back to normal. She has been very well behaved and cheerful, loves to play and watch cartoons. She is back at her swimming lessons and doing very well at those as well.

    • Thor1 says:

      Z36, laserlyte has the insert that is adjustable for weapons from 22 up to 50cal that’s sound activated or it can also be used as a bore sight.. I always use snap caps with it.

    • Zulu 3-6,
      As an NRA instructor I have been offered the iTarget system via occasional emails for quite a while; but, have mostly ignored the emails. Do you think it is a valuable training tool both for instruction and self improvement?

      • Zulu 3-6 says:

        TOP,

        As an old police firearms instructor, I am a believer in dry fire. I was a terrible trigger jerker, even before I went to instructor school. The trainers there were big believers in dry fire and ball and dummy drills. And in my personal case, a stick to the head when ever I jerked the trigger (aka: The Marine Corps Method). Between them all, they worked. I kept up the dry fire, and when I was on the range, ball and dummy (which can be done with a semi-auto and has the added benefit of a malfunction drill: tap-rack-ready).

        I haven’t received the iTarget system yet. It appears to add positively to dry fire drills as it tells the truth. You can dry fire all day and still jerk the trigger unless someone who knows what they’re looking at is there to tell you otherwise. I think the iTarget system (and LaserLyte) allow you to skip the observer and still get the brutal truth.

        As far as using it as an instructor, yes, I think it would be useful for several reasons. One, the student is using their own weapon (if you have the proper caliber laser inserted) Two, it eliminates any observer bias, subjectivity, and incompetence. Third, it also helps diagnose other grip issues, without having to use live ammo and a range. Is the student pushing? Milking the grip? Some things do require live ammo (flinching and anticipation come to mind).

        I think anything that can smooth out a shooter and save live ammo is a good thing, not to mention being able to do it in the privacy of your own house.

        And, yes, my coach really did hit me with a stick when I jerked the trigger. I knew him from before I went to the school and we were both former-Marines. He did give me fair warning he was going to do it if I didn’t un-F myself. It worked. 🙂

        • Thor1 says:

          Z36, do you use snap caps while doing dry fire exercises?

          • Zulu 3-6 says:

            Thor1,

            Yes, I do, although some people say with modern weapons, it’s not necessary. The metallurgy has improved so firing pins and other lock parts don’t need the “cushioning” provided by snap caps.

            Perhaps so, but snap caps are not going to hurt anything and can only help. That said, I don’t get excited if I don’t have snap caps handy.

        • Zulu 3-6,
          I was lucky enough to get good instruction as a kid and haven’t really had the flinching or jerking problem and as an instructor that has continued. As a training counselor however it is something we really try to work on for our own shooting. TC’s BTW train the instructors, which really only means we have the training to do the additional work of getting good shooters to learn and follow the NRA outlines, procedures, and methods.
          We use ball & dummy for flinch; but, primarily for malfunction drills on semi autos.
          Another good drill to watch for smooth trigger pull on dry fire is the “penny drill”, where you balance a penny on the front site and dry fire the gun several times without the penny falling off.
          And just having a laser on a gun, pointing it at a distant wall and dry firing will dramatically show the flinch. The laser also makes a good demonstration on fatigue, where the student holds the gun at high ready and tries to keep the laser at a stationary point on the wall. Everyone can for a while until the fatigue finally sets in, and it does. We try to get people to occasionally drop to low ready while still keeping muzzle awareness, and the laser helps there a lot.
          In any case, I would be interested in a report on the iTarget system once you have it and have had time to play.
          And finally, was the guy who hit you with the stick by chance named “Leroy Jethro”? LOL.

          • Zulu 3-6 says:

            TOP,

            No, that wasn’t his name, LOL. But he was a Marine infantry Vietnam vet and a Detroit police officer Hell of a shooter, as were all of the instructors there (Detroit PD Range). My Guard unit used to go to the DPD range occasionally to zero machine guns and we also took extra ammo for the staff to shoot. That’s how I got to meet the staff before I went to the instructors school there.

            You can get a certain amount of flinch from a student without live ammo, but after a bit, they psychologically realize the gun isn’t making loud noises and jumping around in their hand anymore. They tend to settle down and stop flinching, until they fire the second live round afterward, and it all starts up again. The trick, as you know, is to get them thinking, “Who cares if the thing is making loud noises and jumping around in my hand.”

            At my police academy, we used the “laser rule” as part of our muzzle control training. We told the recruits to imagine a laser beam coming out of the muzzle and cutting anything it touched. These days, you can use a real laser, minus the cutting., but the visual is there.

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      I’m glad your granddaughter is better.

  7. Moe says:

    Travelling limited my prepping for the past few weeks, but did plant a second round of beets and spinach and a fourth planting of onions. We finally have received some moisture. Almost an inch over the last two weeks.

    I have a question for the pack. I was gifted some quart jars, never used but they had glass lids and metal bands. Can the glass lids be used in either a water bath or pressure canner? I have never seen this type of lid before.

    My first instinct during last night’s White House announcement was to run to the store even though I am pretty well stocked. The 50 m.p.h. wind gusts kept me inside. I was just surprised by my reaction.

    Prayers for those in need. Stay safe everyone.

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      I didn’t hear the report. DH and I went to a neighboring county to eat, picked up a few things at the large warehouse store, and looked at building supplies at the large store. When we got home, I turned on the tv and the shows were all late. I got a sick feeling. I knew there had to have been a special report, and they’re never good news. I got to looking and discovered what happened. Like you, I got a sick feeling. Reading Russia’s response this morning hasn’t helped that feeling. I think there may be more people trying to play catch-up and do what we’ve all been doing for a while now.

    • Gloria says:

      re the glass lidded canning jars. Sounds like the ones used in the 40’s and onwards. You need the rubber seals to go between the lid and jar to get a seal and those are still around though you’ll have to look around. Thes jars will easily go into water bathing but personally I’d be reluctant to use them in a pressure canner. If you check the glass jar carefully, you’ll often find small/tiny bubbles in the walls and this is a definite no for pressure canning. True, they did use pressure canners in the 50’s but if these jars are as old as I suspect, I wouldn’t waste the effort on pressure canning.

      • Moe says:

        Thank you Gloria. The jars looked new but did not have any rubber seals. Amazing how some things don’t show age.

        • Anonamo Also says:

          Moe You could get rubber seals and use them very effectively with home packed dry goods, such as fruit, jerky, pemmican.. since they are quarts rehydrated veggies in half gallon would be equal to 1/2 gallon rehydrated… If one dehydrated mixed vegetables that would make a lot of soup.

    • Livinthedream says:

      about those glass canning lids – I’m pretty sure they r very old. Glass DOES have a shelf life. And, if not properly stored, that life can be cut short.

      So, (1) do u know how & where they were stored? In a hot attic wud b very bad.

      (2) have they turned colors? If they have a yellow or violet color, the glass is damaged.

      (3) even IF they have not turned color, the glass cud be age-weakened. U do not want to lose ur food supply. To test them: pressure can them full of water. Pretend it’s meat. Process as tho meat. If the jars hold up, they’re probably safe to use.

      (4) u will STILL need new rubber gaskets. If u have old ones, the rubber has probably already broken down & will not seal. U can get NEW ones, online. Check Lehman’s, for example.

      Personally, I wud not use them. I’d use them for dry food storage, and maybe sell a few as collectibles.

      Hope this helps.

      • Almost There says:

        LTD,

        I mean no disrespect here. I really like reading what you have to say, but it is very hard to read your posts as they are written as if you are texting instead of writing real words.

    • mom of three says:

      We had gone regular grocery shopping, but I agree it was a knee jerk reaction to want to go one last time, we did fill up our car and hubbys work van last night, I did a load of towels, Hubby did notice the bottled water at our Fred Meyers, was pretty low and it was not on sale. So no you were not the only one who thought of it scary times for sure.

    • MD:
      The Error: Your comment is too long. Please try to be more concise. is back so I have to split this response.
      Moe ,

      Travelling limited my prepping for the past few weeks, but did plant a second round of beets and spinach and a fourth planting of onions. We finally have received some moisture. Almost an inch over the last two weeks.

      Moisture? We’ve gotten more than 3 inches over the past week on top of nearly 10 inches year to date with more, as yet unmeasured rain again today. We’re still hoping to get a garden planted yet this spring; but, so far working the garden would only be Rototilling mud.

      • Continued:

        I have a question for the pack. I was gifted some quart jars, never used but they had glass lids and metal bands. Can the glass lids be used in either a water bath or pressure canner? I have never seen this type of lid before.

        Once upon a time these heirloom jars were used for water bath canning with a rubber gasket between the lid and the jar rim; but, with more modern and inexpensive canning jars around, I would personally not trust them. I remember my mom using them when I was a wee child and still too young to help; but, could watch from afar.
        Do your cans have metal bands or metal bales? Bands screw on and bales kind of snap on.
        Here’s an example of the jars with bales and the gaskets: Widemouth Rubber Jar Rings, 12/pkg.

        My first instinct during last night’s White House announcement was to run to the store even though I am pretty well stocked. The 50 m.p.h. wind gusts kept me inside. I was just surprised by my reaction.

        My reaction was pretty much nothing, since nearly anything happening in this world now doesn’t actually surprise me anymore. The DW & I continued our normal routines and I watched a few of the new episodes of the shows I watch that had been recorded to the DVR. While I don’t believe in “fate” per se, I’ve been around long enough to have kind of a fatalistic attitude and philosophy. I take the best care of my health and finances that I can and have covered all of the preparedness scenarios I think could apply to me; but, if a 747 drops out of the sky onto my house in the middle of the night, there is just nothing I can do about it, so worrying then just becomes a wasted emotion that produces unneeded stress.

        • Moe says:

          All:
          Thanks for the suggestions with the jars. I think I will store granola in them. We go through each batch in about 14 days.
          I worked in the garden this weekend so I am not on top of the global news. I plan to keep on keepin’ on since I have no control.

          Stay safe everyone.

        • Billy T. says:

          I agree OP. I didn’t expect any significant reaction from Putin and know his threat to shoot down all missiles was a hollow one. I do expect they will do some type of internet attack. Easily done, easy to conceal the origin of the attack and VERY deniable.

          • Stellamaris says:

            Look up Weck canning jars, that may be what you have or they could also be Kilner jars. Both are still made. I have some of the Weck jars, and they are great! Kilner jars are popular in England, but hard to get here. I tried to post this a few days ago, but I guess my slow connection isn’t working this week.

            • Moe says:

              Stellamaris:
              Thanks. I thought they were Ball but I will double check. I had never seen any before but it makes sense to me they would belong to a generation not prone to throwing everything away such as today’s generation (and lids.)

              • Moe,

                Thanks. I thought they were Ball but I will double check. I had never seen any before but it makes sense to me they would belong to a generation not prone to throwing everything away such as today’s generation (and lids.)

                To be fair, modern canning is a lot safer and bomb proof than those jars and reusable rubber gaskets ever were. And if you don’t want to throw away the lids, you can sometimes reuse them or use the tattler canning lids

          • Billy T,

            I agree OP. I didn’t expect any significant reaction from Putin and know his threat to shoot down all missiles was a hollow one.

            I think when it comes to absolute accuracy and firepower we can overwhelm almost any adversary; but, picking a fight, even when you outnumber your opponent is never a good starting point. That being said, WMD of any kind, especially against a civilian population is a criminal act understood by all sides on a global basis and something has to be done to encourage actors to stop those acts. Quite honestly, I’m glad I’m not the guy to make those decisions, and really respect those who do.

            I do expect they will do some type of internet attack. Easily done, easy to conceal the origin of the attack and VERY deniable.

            The origin is less easy now than it might have been; but, attacks are unfortunately all too common. I was watching an interview with an industry analyst who I respect and he said that most I.T. departments only budget an average of 6% for software maintenance and upgrades. I’ve worked with Unix and Linux style systems for decades, and as soon as vulnerabilities are located, the word goes out and patches or new modules are normally very quickly available; but, unfortunately don’t always get applied, leaving things like the HeartBleed bug in OpenSSL to be out in the wild far too many places and far too long. That 6% for a department with a $1,000,000 budget means only $60,000 for software maintenance and that barely pays for a decent mid level engineer to manage everything let alone any software licensing.

  8. mfitzy111 says:

    I filled my 55 gallon drum and treated the water last week…setup 3 five gallon drums with morel mushroom spores in hopes of getting some to grow around my property this year, (how-to? add warm water, add mushroom spores purchased on amazon, I added 1 cup of wood pellets, 1/4 cup of molasses, and 1/4 cup of wood ash.- I didn’t have a fish take air system, so I stirred it up and let it sit overnight dumping it after 24 hrs.) hopefully I’ll see some mushrooms.

    I’m not going to start up about Syria, it’s looking like the start of bad times – be safe and well all.

    • Livinthedream says:

      U will prob not see them this year. Do not be discouraged. It can take up to three years. Keep the bed moist, but not wet Do not let it dry out. Good luck!

    • mfitzy111 ,

      setup 3 five gallon drums with morel mushroom spores in hopes of getting some to grow around my property this year, (how-to? add warm water, add mushroom spores purchased on amazon, I added 1 cup of wood pellets, 1/4 cup of molasses, and 1/4 cup of wood ash.- I didn’t have a fish take air system, so I stirred it up and let it sit overnight dumping it after 24 hrs.) hopefully I’ll see some mushrooms.

      I know where there are some wild Morels; but, didn’t realize they could be cultivated. Yet another thing to attempt to grow, since I love those things.

      • Livinthedream says:

        OP, growing ‘shrooms, IMO, is more difficult than it sounds, but (obviously) can b done. U just need the spires. Try digging ur own from soil u know is producing, or just buy online from a reputable producer. This is one food crop, however, that is rather demanding in its requirements – not a crop one can b careless in growing & still get results. I have no doubt YOU are up to the challenge!

        • Livinthedream says:

          spores…not spires

        • Livinthedream ,

          growing ‘shrooms, IMO, is more difficult than it sounds, but (obviously) can b done. U just need the spires.

          I’ve grown Shitake in the past; but, just didn’t know that the elusive Morel could also be cultivated. As soon as it dries out a bit (another 1.2 inches of rain today) I’ll start poking around again, since this is good mushroom weather, at least in theory.
          And on growing them in general, those Shitake were a bit tricky.
          I’ve checked and Amazon has some Morel spores available. Like I need one more thing to keep me busy, LOL.

  9. Thor1 says:

    Puppy likes meat loaf and gravy and he also likes hotdogs…. I played Frisbee and ball gun with him and then we had a cookout. I gave him one Nathan’s hotdog broken in pieces , but when we went inside I put a hotdog on the kitchen counter and you guessed it, he decided he wanted another…..LOL

    With talk of war and the firing of missiles yesterday, I put the solar generator in its Faraday bag with the connector wires for the portable solar panels which were already in their Faraday bag.

    Recharged the chargeable flashlight…used it grilling hotdogs…LOL

    Planted corn, bush beans, pole beans, zucchini, squash ,cucumbers and all but 3 of the tomato plants.

    Stocked up on meat for the freezer, its packed….
    Restocked the small fridge with water bottles…

    Installed a handrail on the wall going into the sunken den for safety.

    Mowed the front 40…LOL

    • Thor1 says:

      My views on Syria, I have seen pictures of the gas containers and they were made in Germany, a NATO country. Hmmm They want to run a natural gas pipeline from Qatar through Syria to Europe.. Syria said no because it would hurt one of it’s allies, Russia who supplies natural gas to Europe now. The point that really affirms this is Qatar let us use an airbase there to attack from. Hmmm

      • Thor1 ,

        They want to run a natural gas pipeline from Qatar through Syria to Europe.. Syria said no because it would hurt one of it’s allies, Russia who supplies natural gas to Europe now. The point that really affirms this is Qatar let us use an airbase there to attack from. Hmmm

        I agree with all of this; but, from my perspective the real question is, “What moron in the E.U. thought that purchasing the bulk of their natural gas from the USSR (oh yea, I meant Russia) was a good or even sane idea?
        I do know that we (the U.S.) are now starting to transport large amounts of LNG to Europe, so there could be a bright side to the picture, since we now produce more hydrocarbon fuels than the Middle East.
        As for Qatar, they along with the Saudis and the Emirates all have a real fear of Iranian hegemony in the area, to the point of allying with Israel. The world just keeps getting weirder & will no doubt continue after Trumps meeting with Kim in May.

        • Thor1 says:

          Top, great point. Why would Europe open itself up to that? The Russians could say we are cutting off your gas…… Imbeciles !!!

          Hey, but then the Europeans for the most part gave up their right to self-defense too…LOL

  10. mfitzy111 says:

    MD btw I wanted to suggest some help, since I became vegan and removed dairy from my diet (I’m not telling anyone to jump on being vegan since it’s a lot of change) I’ve noticed that my sinus issues have cleared up a lot not having any dairy makes a difference. …salt water nette pot rinses help before the sore throat starts…it might help to cut out dairy and try some iodine and salt water rinses…salt promotes healing, iodine kills bacteria grown in the sinuses. what works from me, might not work for you. but I hate hearing people suffer from sinus, knowing how it about destroyed me when I first started having issues (due to broken nose) way back 25 years ago…

  11. Almost There says:

    MD,
    The order of the posts is still not working right. The latest posts need to go to the bottom instead of the top so it’s easier to read.

    Also, could you please send me Izzy’s e-mail address. She approved it a few weeks ago.

    Thank you.

    • Moe says:

      Almost There:
      Please let Izzy know I am thinking of her. If my memory is right she had a trip to St. Louis a while back and asked for prayers. Keeping her in mine.

      • Almost There says:

        Will do Moe. A few posts ago, she said she had had surgery. And I haven’t seen a post since then.

  12. Owl Creek says:

    Summer and winter have been battling it out for supremacy here in northwest Arkansas with temps in the 80s during the week and in the 30s last night. That generated some heavy storms, including a couple of tornadoes down around Mountainburg Friday afternoon. Lots of trees and power lines down, homes destroyed, cars tossed around and a few injuries, but thankfully no deaths reported so far. Just proves once again how little control we really have over events in our lives. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

    MD, I know what you mean about allergies. My bride has always had allergy issues but they got much worse after moving to this part of the country. She gets bi-weekly shots of Xolair which, along with other meds, keep them mostly under control.

    About all I got accomplished this week was to assemble a cube storage system with eight 13x13x15″ baskets to give us more storage space. Defrosted the freezer and made a Sam’s run to restock it. Also had a scan of carotids and heart this week. No panicky calls from the doc so I guess there’s no change in buildup from two years ago. Getting older ain’t much fun but I guess it beats the alternative.

    • Owl Creek,

      Yeah, it sucks this time of the year for people with allergies. Makes everything more difficult.

      • Docj says:

        NW Arkansas here. Allergies are really bad. Tornado went through but missed here. Stayed a mile or so west through rural land. Hope this weekend is last freeze!!!! I have 50 pounds of potatoes to plants!

        • tuckerhollow says:

          All we got last night was really terrible lighting, thunder, & rain and more rain. I am NE of you near MH and I was looking for an ark, we got some sun today but KY3 out of Springfield, mo says freeze tonight and maybe tomorrow night;, might as well be Upstate NY with all this cold and rain. We have gone through 8 rick of wood this year and had to have one of the grands bring us another one last week. Hate to think what a larger cabin would have needed to keep warm this winter.

          Next shopping trip I am going to start adding 10 extra pantry things each time, don’t like the vibes I’m getting and although I feel prepared a little extra can’t hurt.

          Everyone have a good Sunday and be warm & safe, prayers for troops both here and abroad, and all of you here .

      • Bam Bam says:

        Have you tried Ayr nasal mist? You can get this OTC at Walmart or any pharmacy. This is the most effective treatment I have found for seasonal allergies.

    • Owl Creek ,

      Summer and winter have been battling it out for supremacy here in northwest Arkansas with temps in the 80s during the week and in the 30s last night. That generated some heavy storms, including a couple of tornadoes down around Mountainburg Friday afternoon. Lots of trees and power lines down, homes destroyed, cars tossed around and a few injuries, but thankfully no deaths reported so far. Just proves once again how little control we really have over events in our lives. Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

      It sounds like we are having very similar weather; but, at our location specifically it’s just too much rain.
      On April 3 there was a confirmed EF1 tornado in Grove City, Ohio about 55 miles to my south. It tore up a few homes and there were also no fatalities; but, it wiped out quite a few power line transmission poles, leaving about 6000 homes & businesses in the dark. I travel to that area once per year to visit my electrophysiologist to get my Pacemaker checked, so when I go late summer or early autumn, things should once again be fine.
      AEP was replacing the old wooden poles with new steel poles that can withstand 100 MPH winds and that took a bit longer to get power restored to everyone. Those with no other means were staying in the Red Cross shelters, since those early days of April had some very frigid nights.
      And people wonder why we prep? LOL

      • GA Red says:

        We drove thru an area north of Helen, Ga yesterday where there had apparently been an EF1 tornado in March. It looked like they had just gotten things cleaned up. Lots of tree damage.

        We also drove thru an area that had been affected by Irma winds. Lots of brand new power poles in that area.

  13. Almost There says:

    Good morning pack,

    I agree with our host. Allergies have even got me this week and I’m usually not affected too much. I couldn’t resist sleeping with the windows open one night though. The morning air smelled so good and clean a few times this week. The weather this week, for the most part, has been great. Rain both days this weekend and I think another cold snap next week.

    Book ordered, Comfort for the Burned and Wounded by John Keim, came in. Amazon had it listed for $50!!! Outrageous…I paid $23. If you’re interested in purchasing, use a search engine and order it from a couple other sites for $14.95. I’ve read a few pages of it and it is excellent. 5 thumbs up from me too.

    Went to the first class of the HAM study group and it was great. There are about 10 of us studying. Chapters 3 and 4 are next. Looks like learning about voltage, power, current and resistance is next.

    Bought quite a few mangos for dehydrating from Aldi’s for .49 each. They were $1.18 at WM. Will be getting them in the dehydrator this weekend.

    Bought another burn barrel. Garlic is still looking good.

    I apologize in advance for the lengthy post…. Would love to have fellow pack member’s thoughts on the following: I have the opportunity to apply for a new position in Johnson City. The posting closes on the 19th. I would really like to change jobs as the one I have been doing for 10 years now. I come home mentally exhausted from work every single day. I have had multiple managers over the last 5 years. I live in the country, and drive 45 miles each way to work, which takes about an hour in the morning and an hour in the afternoon. I’m 57 now and it’s not good for my health to continue this way. I haven’t won the lottery yet and am not independently wealthy, so I have to work, and would prefer to continue with the organization I work for now for 9 more years, if I can make it that long and things haven’t go to crap before then (I think they will though)… I haven’t been to Johnson City area before, but everyone I talk to says they love it. I am sure this is true since it’s at the base of the mountains. I love the mountains. Knoxville is just to the west though. While the average sheeple wouldn’t think twice about that, you know us LMI think differently and analyze stuff like that…. Something to think about. I have been in the Nashville area for 30 years, and prepping for about 5 years now, so you can imagine between the 2 what that might mean as far of “stuff” to have to figure out what to do with if I moved. I have a house that would need to be sold. According to my friend that works where the job is posted, they need someone by July 9th…. It wouldn’t be an increase in pay, but the cost of living is less in that area. Nashville is only getting worse and worse with traffic, with no resolution in sight. In fact, over 100 people a day are moving here. The downtown skyline has changed forever with high end condos. The Metro planning board has allowed an infrastructure to develop that the existing roads cannot handle. They are tearing down historical things to make way for new, modern things. We have 3 interstate roads that go through the downtown. Property prices are out the roof. It’s a seller’s market. I would have to do all the packing, purging, organizing all by myself. I have a few things planned for a few of the weekends between now and July 9th that can’t be changed …. I could find someone to move stuff in trucks once I got it ready. Trying to sell a house while still trying to pack everything doesn’t work. So selling before I would need to move isn’t something I can count on. It’s not like I can run back and forth, or after work and do things. I have 2 kitties. And I don’t relish not having my stuff I may need, if I had to get storage units where I am now, until I can get situated over there if SHTF. For me, it’s not so much a worry about going to a new place and not knowing anyone except for a work friend; it’s the logistics of the whole thing. Thoughts?

    Prayers for the pack, for unspoken requests, for the President and for America. Hoping we don’t get into an all-out war after these Syrian strikes.

    • Livinthedream says:

      I think u have answered ur own question. Sounds to me like u want to sell & get out of Nashville. DO IT NOW. Do not hesitate, or u may find it’s tok late.

      U do not have to buy in a city agajn. But a place on the outskirts – a “safer” place. A “fixer upper” that won’t put u deeply in debt wud b great don’tvu think?

      Johnson City has a lot of “government-types” in if (TVA). Keep that in mind. Knoxville MIGHT b a better choice – but, again – the outskirts – not the city.

      NO city will b “safe” when it hits. Nor will any ‘burb.

      • Babycatcher says:

        I can say from personal experience, I was married in Johnson City, still have relatives there, and if we hadn’t found where we are now, would have probably bought out there somewhere. I would take it over Knoxville any day. I like Knoxville, but like the outskirts of JC more. Hubby graduated from ETSU in the 60’s and has a good grasp on the area. He likes it too. Land is getting expensive in these parts. ( all these Yankees moving in. ; ) ( I am one of them)

      • Anonamo Also says:

        It sounds like you are ready to get out of Nashville, while the market is good on house would be the best time to sell. Logistis do not sound easy., but it has been done before. Begin packing the things you do not use as often, unless they are slated for exit from your life…..Change in job location may be the best thing… follow your gut instinct. The way you phrased sounds like you need the change professionally.
        Also consider the relationships you have with family/friends in present area and how/if you will maintain those relationships… consider if you have others you may need to assist in personal crisis… ie ..parents, brother, sister, child, etc?

        • Almost There says:

          AA,
          It sounds like I am. I keep thinking it will get better and another year goes by and it doesn’t change. New position would not have the pressure and it would be some of what I do now, but I won’t be responsible for equipment, ordering equipment, running reports, chair of committee’s, etc. Just workerbee. I think lots of things need to take an exit, stage right… on into someone else’s life. 🙂 No family here, only friends, and only a few at that. All retired. I haven’t applied yet because I have to have a plan in place before I apply. And getting feedback from others helps a lot.

      • Almost There says:

        LTD,
        I most certainly would not buy in the city. I love the country and seeing the stars at night. Knoxville would not be feasible anyway since the position is in Johnson City. Would rather build a small 2 bedroom house, 1400 sq ft or so, laid out the way I want… Would be a few years on that most likely anyway, could stay somewhere cheap but safe and save money. Would be nice to buy materials to build a house as I get paid, then all that would be owed would be the labor and the land. Would need a place to store all the supplies. Dreams most likely, but doesn’t hurt to dream…

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      I know someone who lived in the Johnson City area, and he liked it there. My DH used to work in the Nashville area (specifically Brentwood) for a few weeks each year. He hasn’t in about three or four years though. He was amazed at the way it had changed in the time he was there. I can’t imagine how it is now.

      • Almost There says:

        PG, It has really changed in the last 5 years. Too many people now. Too many skyscrapers going up, for housing. I don’t know where all these people work. There’s not many industries here…

    • Moe says:

      Almost There:
      A few thoughts for you. I am unclear if this new position is with the same company or a new one. If the same company, I would have no reservations. If a new company, your retirement investments could come into play. Make sure you can keep or roll over any 401K’s etc.
      A house in the new location can be bought through a bridge loan before the old sells. In this manner, you could move everything out before listing. One thing you might consider is renting in the new area before buying. Six months of exploring the surrounding area is ideal before purchasing.
      I am familiar with both Knoxville and Nashville. The latter concerns me more. I have been on all the Interstates surrounding Johnson City but never through there. Usually I cut South on I-40 or continue East on I-81. Not crazy about the proximity to all those super highways, but again better than Nashville.
      Logistically, I would find some storage units in Johnson City and move your things there prior to you and the kitties. As far as packing, perhaps you could hire help from one of the colleges in Nashville. I would volunteer if closer (or if Ky. Downs meet was running. HaHa.) Good luck with your decision.

      • Almost There says:

        Moe,

        Same company. Yes, renting seemed the best option, maybe a mother-in-law or basement apt, if possible. Hadn’t thought of moving everything to JC to storage units there. That would be better than them staying where I am. Got quite a bit of home canned food stocked up… Trying to keep it in room temps and lower…. It takes up a whole room by itself… Pretty much a dilemma on all fronts. It’s hard to move when you’re old. ARGH! Penrod is doing it right taking a year to go through stuff. I don’t have as much time, and not sure if I will even be selected….

        • Babycatcher says:

          You ain’t old yet. 🙂

        • Almost There,

          It’s hard to move when you’re old. ARGH! Penrod is doing it right taking a year to go through stuff. I don’t have as much time, and not sure if I will even be selected….

          From our telephone conversations & email I know how old you are kid, and the DW & I have you by more than 10 years, LOL.
          I know that sometimes any of us can feel old; but, the alternative to getting old is not one I’m looking forward to..
          Any move or uncertain change can be a bit stressful; but, if you don’t have the time Penrod has, then you do the best you can. You’re not 16 anymore but seem to have done OK up till now, so I suspect you will keep doing the same, one careful step at a time.

          • Penrod says:

            Hi TOP, I did learn a lesson when I moved out here. Waited way too long to pack and dispose of stuff and ended up throwing stuff in the dumpster instead of even giving it away. It was depressing, but I had a third floor walk up in milwaukee….it was a major project in the heat of August. We are still a long way from ready, especially with DS-S stuff stored in his closet here- he’s been on the Mainland for three years now, coming back this summer and will have to do some major weeding while he is here.

            We are still doing some consigning but in a pause at the moment. One good thing about starting so early is that I can sit back and contemplate stuff that is left and really think about Do I really need to take this or better to sell it here and now?

            Still, when time is short, you do what you have to do.

        • patientmomma says:

          Changing jobs is stressful, changing jobs and moving to a new location is more stressful, not knowing if it will work out is extremely stressful. Since you are only 57 years old, unless you win the lottery, you will have to work for a while. Johnson City, TN is only slightly better than Nashville, but its advantage is it’s close to the mountains. However, JC’s location puts you in between several large metro areas (Knoxville, Ashville and Winston Salem), which in an emergency evac situation would bring city folks to JC and the mountains.

          That said, I changed jobs at age 59, took a pay cut to have quality of life improvements and moved from Florida to Tennessee. Did not like the new job and after a year found another job in same area with better salary, which I tolerated until I retired. Would you rather work with the enemy you know or work with the enemy you don’t know?

          • Almost There says:

            PM,

            Point taken. Would be unbelievably stressful logistically wise. One of the people I would be working with, if even selected, is someone I trained from afar as she had the same position as I do at one time. She is in a new position and loves it. My position has a high burn out rate, and most leave within a couple of years of working in it. I’ve been in it for 10. There is a chance of the same position I would be applying for opening up where I’m at currently, and would allow me to move under a new group/manager. But, it always takes forever before they approve the positions… So it would be taking a chance to stay that may never come. Lots to consider. Praying a lot for guidance.

        • Prepared Grammy says:

          Be sure to keep your home-canned food away from extreme temperatures. You don’t want to lose the seal.

    • Almost There,

      Went to the first class of the HAM study group and it was great. There are about 10 of us studying. Chapters 3 and 4 are next. Looks like learning about voltage, power, current and resistance is next.

      Good. Any questions we have answers here or a phone call.
      I was offered a job in Johnson City back in 1976 when they were moving the plant where I was working and had a chance to visit, mostly to train people in the job I was doing that was also being transferred. I only spent about a week there; but, the mountains reminded me a lot of back home in Western PA, and I do recall a lot of water from the TVA lakes (dams). In the end it’s up ti you; but, if it really is a seller’s market and you can scout out something there at the right price, you could conceivably be out of debt and into a real rural homestead with time to continue to save for retirement.
      As for packing and moving simultaneously, you might look and see if the area has PODs (Portable On Demand Storage). I had a friend move this way and while it was still a chore, it worked rather well. A POD is a large lockable water proof storage container they set up at your location and you then have time to pack things and place them in it. They then pick up the POD and can transport it to your new location for unpacking; but, if you’re a little short on the new location, they can securely store the POD until you have a place for it. I have no idea what it costs, and since I haven’t had to move to a new location for work for a long time, I’m not sure if companies still offer to pay relocation expenses; but, if you interview, it’s well worth checking, so maybe they would pay for some or all of the costs of moving.

      • Almost There says:

        TOP,

        I’m aware of the PODs as I checked them out when I was needing to bring back my dad’s stuff. It is pretty expensive. I think it would be better to just move my stuff when I move and be done with it, keeping out the stuff I really need to have, like my comfy foam mattress I couldn’t like without. I think I can rent a U-Haul and hire a friend of mine to drive it and he could turn around and come back the next day.

        As far as them paying for moving, I already asked, and in the posting it says no. I’m not high enough on the ladder for them to do that.

    • Always Forward says:

      Johnson City is way better than Nashville. This is a great time of year to sell and move. You will be too worn out if you stay. Keep us posted.

  14. thatldo says:

    Very windy here, This wind keeps up, we will be in the next county, house and all. Bought a new charcoal grill, the big round one, have enough coal to cook on for awhile, couple of metal trash cans full, bought on sale last fall. other than that, just finished a piece of furniture for my DW. Like you MD, I have issues with allergies, along with asthma, hang in there.

    • thatldo,

      It’s rough. Thank you!

    • Prepared Grammy says:

      I’ve been eating honey every day for allergies. It’s helped, but I’ve had to add an OTC allergy med too. It’s rough.

    • Moe says:

      thatIdo:
      Looks like the wind just won’t quit. Hope you and yours are safe today. We have lost power out here on the Plains. Love the hum of the generator.

    • thatldo ,

      Very windy here, This wind keeps up, we will be in the next county, house and all.

      It’s been pretty much the same here; but, with a mix of rain, sleet, and snow that melts away the next day. This is the kind of wind where I stand outside and daydream about that vertical axis windmill, spinning like mad and charging a battery bank. Oh well, maybe someday.

      • thatldo says:

        no power loss yet, though now winds from the south, bringing smoke from pueblo area. Haven’t had to use our gen yet. And I too am dreaming of a wind powered system, plus solar at some point. I heard those things cost money, whatever that is…

  15. Babycatcher says:

    Or you could use them for dry storage of beans and seeds

  16. Penrod says:

    All quiet on the prepping front. Socking away some money for sub-TEOTWAWKI bad times. DW needs rotator cuff surgery so we looked for lift chairs for post-surgery recovery.

    • Penrod says:

      Attacking Syria is depressing, but one little remarked on upside is that both Iran and North Korea will be unable to shrug off The Donald the way they did with The One.

      They know The Donald is willing to attack, and that is a major difference in mindset. If I learned anything over there it is that Arabs respect the strong man who is willing to use his power ruthlessly, and hold that same man in utter contempt if he isn’t.

      Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama: contempt. Trump: well, we saw the reception he got in Saudi Arabia after bombing Syria the first time. Trump is playing a dangerous game, but refusing to play it is even more dangerous.

      This may turn out badly for us, but probably…probably…less badly than opening a dialog to explore the other side’s hopes and needs, and perspective, and goals. Assad is a lousy guy, but I have no idea why we should think overthrowing him is better than leaving him in power.

      No telling who would replace him, and it is likely that the replacement would be worse for us…

      it is truly a mess over there. Has been for a very long time, and will continue to be, and is bleeding into the heart of Europe because of their weak leaders determined to show how virtuous they are…a la Jimmy Carter a good man but a quintessentially weak leader in a world which values strong men.

      Sorry to ramble but this is all depressingly familiar. The hatreds in the Middle East are not going away in our lifetimes, and 9-11 should have shown us that ignoring them does not keep them at bay.

      Our enemies are not going to leave us alone if we pull out, nor are they going to submit to less than being crushed…and we are highly unlikely to have the will to do that short of our getting nuked.

      Hamas exists for the purpose of wiping Israel from the earth, slaughtering the Jews, reoccupying Europe, and extending Islam to the rest of the world.

      Iran is supporting them. Leave them alone and they will continue working toward doing so. Overthrow Assad and they will work to take over Syria. Allow Assad to use chemical weapons -as he probably if not certainly did- gives permission to all others to do the same. And some of them have their sights set on Europe and on us.

      It is truly a mess which is hardly solvable, at best manageable over decades and probably centuries. Depressing. Sorry for the ramble.

      If you are interested in Hamas’ intentions toward Israel, Europe, and the US, Google ‘yale Law library Hamas covenant’. Left alone they will do exactly what they say they intend to do.

      • Anonamo Also says:

        Wake up folks! No body but the shadow government did 911. Bush/Cheney included… It was planned by people who were supposed to protect us. SES, Deep State, pedo, human trfficers, all more names for the scum of the earth.
        They wanted to further enslave every human on the planet,and Their candidate could not even win an election with the Dead and illegal s ( people who broke our nations laws) voting for her. We know who opposed that. They are going into every area where assets are and destroying their ability to kill innocents. and don’t forget when assessing the damage that Syria fired off some weapons without guidance, that metal came down somewhere, so damage will be done by that as well.
        ASSAD was not in country, according to reports. Russia was aware before , during and after the event according to the Pentagon report. Posturing…, no great leader cna appear to be weak..
        Look at the IG reports… that came out.. look who did what, who did what? as in truthful or not,as in forthcoming or not?

        • Penrod says:

          I am completely satisfied that 9-11 was an al Queda operation, and that al Queda was run by an Islamist supremacist named Osama bin Laden. You of course are welcome to disagree. I certainly have a low enough opinion of Republicans and Democrats alike.

          • Thor1 says:

            Penrod, Osama worked for the CIA fighting Russia in Afghanistan and we stopped sending stinger missiles to them.

            If you think 911 was done by terrorists, please explain building 7. It was not hit by a plane yet they demolished it. By that I mean charges were set in the building. Hmmm it takes at least a week to set charges, they pulled the building the next day???

            Jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel and heat rises up. If the building fell to one side like a tree getting hit by an ax I might believe terrorists did it, but the building came straight down. Hmmm

            • MD,
              Error: Your comment is too long. Please try to be more concise.
              Is still there or back again.

              Thor1,

              Penrod, Osama worked for the CIA fighting Russia in Afghanistan and we stopped sending stinger missiles to them.

              You are correct; but, when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait back in 1990 and the Saudi’s were getting worried about being next, they opted to work with the U.S. and western Allies since they didn’t think Bin Ladens forces were up to the task of defending against Iraq, and that ticked off Osama, who as a religious zealot was upset that non-Muslim soldiers were treading on what he thought of as sacred ground. Those Stingers BTW were how the mujahidin ended up defeating the USSR against fighter jets and their massive HIND (Mil Mi-24) helicopters.
              Continued

              • Continued here

                If you think 911 was done by terrorists, please explain building 7. It was not hit by a plane yet they demolished it. By that I mean charges were set in the building. Hmmm it takes at least a week to set charges, they pulled the building the next day???

                It was not hit by a plane; but did suffer irreparable damage from the debris of the falling towers, and as I understand it, razed for safety concerns that unfortunately give people like you and Alex Jones fodder for yet another conspiracy theory.
                As for setting charges, what proof do you have? Quoting something from InfoWars BTW is not proof.

                Jet fuel does not burn hot enough to melt steel and heat rises up. If the building fell to one side like a tree getting hit by an ax I might believe terrorists did it, but the building came straight down. Hmmm

                The building came straight down due to its exoskeleton construction and anyone with a good understanding of physics and engineering could see that. The burning jet fuel along with other flammables cannot generate enough heat to melt steel; but, it can generate enough to weaken it, and once a weak structure of that type construction fails, a pancake collapse is easy to understand. I’ve seen that type of failure in smaller buildings like silos and grain elevators numerous times.
                For another opinion with more detail than I’m willing to put here, read: Why the World Trade Center Buildings Collapsed A Fire Chief ’s Assessment

                • Thor1 says:

                  Top,everyone has their own theory but the building was designed to be hit by 2 aircraft……..

                  That said even if the jet fuel burned long enough to weaken the steel heat rises. The building would lean to the side of the impact.

                  Although the jet fuel was a flash fire like a giant Molotov cocktail and burnt in seconds which is a surface burn which actually the vapor. Its not like it was exposed to a constant burn of the perfect fuel air ratio…..LOL

                  Try an experiment at home, throw a Molotov cocktail at a piece of steel with either kerosene or gas and serif the steel is still hard to bend….

          • Penrod ,

            I am completely satisfied that 9-11 was an al Queda operation, and that al Queda was run by an Islamist supremacist named Osama bin Laden. You of course are welcome to disagree. I certainly have a low enough opinion of Republicans and Democrats alike.

            I concur and understand that many times people don’t like the complexities of life and simply want a simple answer. I know another person who thinks 911 was an inside job and that we never landed on the moon.
            As an engineer who has worked with many engineers in many disciplines, the towers fell as one would have expected, based on their construction using an exoskeleton.
            As for the moon landing, I was sitting with some older hams back in July 1969, directly listening to the communications from the spacecraft back to NASA; but, of course, not from NASA to the craft.

    • suzy q says:

      I love my lift chairs. Yes I have 2. They are very comfortable and they sit higher so they care easier to get in and out of even if you don’t use the lift feature. Both chairs have gone out once. On one chair the controller went out while my dad was in a reclined position and he had to crawl out. The second chair also went out in a reclined position but it was caused by a bad wall receptor. It was interesting crawling out of that chair as I had had abdominal surgery just weeks before. You might consider keeping backups for those 2 things. I don’t regret those chairs one bit.

    • Penrod,

      DW needs rotator cuff surgery so we looked for lift chairs for post-surgery recovery.

      These chairs are great; but, a bit expensive. We had neighbors who had been taking care of an elderly parent and had one of those chairs. When dad retired from Honda they sold their log cabin and moved out west to be closer to their two daughters, one of whom is a large animal vet. They asked if we were interested and when I asked how much they wanted, they said all they needed was a place to put it and this is one of the reasons out living room looks like our lazy room, with an overstuffed chair and three recliners, one of which does require electricity.
      The only downside to this lift recliner is that if you are laid back and all comfortable and you need to get up in a hurry, you’ll just have to have patience or climb over the arm.

      • Penrod says:

        Hi TOP, they are expensive. We hoped to rent one for a couple months but that seems impossible here. Checked with one shop which had a nice selection for sale but big bucks, and on both CostCo and SamsClub websites. Much cheaper at both but I’m not sure how to evaluate the quality. Also checked CraigsList and found a couple but they were old listings. We have some time yet so will keep checking CraigsList. If we need to we have time to order from Costco as they have delivery in less than a week.

        • Anonamo Also says:

          Check furnature stores to see if they have trade ins. avail. .. or 90-120 days same as cash etc. small stores within easy drive have these options. will enable to make a moderate down payment and pay off over time with no interest…

  17. Almost There says:

    Glad I just closed my account at BoA after being with them for 29 years. Why I didn’t do it long ago, I don’t can’t explain myself… Good riddance…

    http://tennesseestar.com/2018/04/12/bank-of-america-cuts-off-gun-companies-that-make-military-style-weapons/

    • Owl Creek says:

      Same here, Almost There. I think we’ve been with them for at least 30 years and even though losing my account won’t hurt them at all, I’ll sleep better for having tossed them out.

    • Thor1 says:

      AT, I have a boa credit card, I think I will go charge a new gun,high capacity mags and ammo on it….LOL

      I boycott a lot of anti gun companies……Starbucks, Levis, Delta and most of the car rental places after what they did to the NRA….

  18. Livinthedream says:

    MD – I know u will get all kinds of advice, so, plz allow me to jump in & share how I am dealing w/similar issues. Mine started 23 days ago as allergic response to spring pollens here in N AL (The TN Valley). It went to bronchitis, so, I did go see doc & got “shot”. He prescribed a Z-pac of antibiotics which, in only 2 days, totally wrecked my gut & digestive system. Never again! Still trying to straighten it out.

    So, bcuz of that, I’m back to naturals, from which I have never had an adverse reaction.

    I take three (3) Oil of Oregano capsules three times a day, with meals. Take as long as u feel it necessary. U cannot build resistance, but there is no supplement u shld take ad infinitum.

    I also take two (2) olive leaf capsules with one (1) L-Lysine, about every four (4) hours, to break up phlegm & keep chest clear. If the olive leaf is not green, dispose of it. It turns brown when it gets too old.

    I also use Sambucas Nigra (Black Elderberry) to bring up phlegm & keep sinuses & chest clear. Safe to use w/olive leaf & L-Lysine.

    Ti clear ur sinuses & head, steam with Peppermint Essential Oil. Put a pot on stove half-filled. Get hot – not boiling. Add 10-15 drops peppermint EO. Hold face over, cover head w/towel, breathe in deeply. Step back. Breathe out.. Do it as often as needed.

    Drink lots of hot herb tea – especially mint – with local raw honey. Eat a spoonful of local raw honeg, twice a day.

    U might want to take Silver Solution also, to clear this up, or even to prevent illness.

    For the truly “natural”, make a tea of long-leaf pine needles for Vit C quick boost! Gather a handful, rinse them off. Tie together or crush & put in cheesecloth or muslin. Put in cup. Pour hot water over – steep 10 minutes. Sweeten w/local raw honey.

    Hope this helps.

  19. Livinthedream says:

    Well, with all the anxieties I’m hearing on Syria, Russia, Iran….they are all part of end-time prophecy. What Holy G-d told us in advance what wud happen, and it IS happening, right b4 our very eyes!

    Isaiah tells us that “Damascus will cease to b a city” and that it will become “a pile of rubble”.

    Pastor JD Farag recently shared a message (1.5 hour long) that explains clearly EXACTLY what’s going on. I’lk retrieve if & share it, ASAP. I’ll be back….

  20. Northern Gal says:

    Spring melt just starting, but more snow forecast! Started tomatoes a week ago. Plants up and doing well under gro lights. Haven’t started anything else. Gardening is such a long way away and the late spring has not inspired me to think about it either.

    Prepping seems to have taken a back seat with separating from husband last Sept and moving to a rental house. It is a rural property and I have a great garden spot, so, will be putting in a good sized garden.

    Need to rethink how I want to prep now that I am on my own. I tended to be a support person to my husband’s thoughts and plans. Now I will need to be the instigator of those plans! Doable, just a different mindset.

    • Moe says:

      Northern Gal:
      Good luck with the new garden. Sounds like you are adjusting to life changes. Definitely doable.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      NG,
      You can do this, but you need a plan… Now is the time to consider your needs and desires…. esp if your grow time is limited.
      Consider if you can , grow in containers close to the south sides of house in raised containers for longer growing season and earlier plantings of foods that take longer to produce. Usually that will extend your growing season from 2-5 weeks , esp if container is dark…( will hold more heat)
      Who/ how you will get garden area broken, rowed up, or bedded up, what ever method you prefer, or need to do to suit your situation..
      Consider: Supplies and tools you will need on hand….
      Take what you have learned from being the support person and re-think what you have learned and how you need to apply/or discard… Basic tools ( hoe, rake shovels) are all expenisve but usually one time items. Having as many things as possible already in place will make all easier when time comes for planting and transplanting……fertlizer of some sort will be required… method to hold down weeds…( hot water will kill even bermuda).. so will mix of half vinegar and hot water…mulching and materials to use for that…

      • Moe says:

        AA:
        Does the water need to be at the boiling point? I plan to create an additional herb garden in an area with grass right now.

        • Anonamo Also says:

          I treated the area behind my gas meter with water that had just come off the stove,… had to carry it 20 feet and thru a door, sit down and pick back up… so it. was pretty close to boiling and it is still not any grass there…
          I tried the half vinegar and half boiling water, it worked ok too ,but why waste the vinegar when the hot water will do the job?

          • Anonamo Also,

            I treated the area behind my gas meter with water that had just come off the stove,… had to carry it 20 feet and thru a door, sit down and pick back up… so it. was pretty close to boiling and it is still not any grass there…

            We are dealing with a similar situation because of my hospitalization in January 2015 and are now getting back to gardening as soon as it stops raining and warms & dries a bit. In the intervening 3 years, a bit of grass has taken over the old garden area, so we will be covering it with a combination of tarps and Visqueen plastic sheeting, weighted down a bit by rocks. A few days of baking under the covering should whither the grass enough to be tilled with the small clumps of sod easily sorted and tossed.

  21. NANN! says:

    Been off work with an injury this past week, so haven’t been getting much done at all. Before that, I’d been seriously looking at homes for sale in Tennessee and was just starting to pack up items I don’t use all the time. While my seasonal allergies aren’t too bad, I’ll keep TN’s environment in mind. Thanks for the heads-up, MD.

  22. Livinthedream says:

    Dadgum it! Can’t get the link to transfer. To watch the video from Pastor JD Farag – Calvary Chapel in Hawaii – just look him up, go to his Youtube : Bible prophecy posts, and see April 8, 2018 post. Explains clearly what’s happening, why, and what we can expect. Or just look him up on youtube.

    • Almost There says:

      LTD,

      You are absolutely correct. Along with all the weather events… Glynda Lomax, Steve Quayle, and Lois Vogel Sharp are others that have information if you are interested.

      Here is the video you were speaking of. I have yet to watch, but all the signs are around, we are just being fed what the MSM and the PTB want us to hear.

  23. mom of three says:

    We have three storm systems, coming down from Canada, we had one, last night two and three are on there way this weekend. I did alot of cleaning and moving stuff out getting my canning re organized. I did can 10 jars pickled beets, they went a lot faster and I had a better understaning how much brine I needed. I had enough brine to make some pickled eggs, I just added brown sugar, extra canning salt, we will try them in a couple of days. I moved almost a cord of wood from our neighbors wood shed, our neighbor paased away two weeks ago and his family, is cleaning and getting ready to sell the house. I did do some more dry canning of rice and wheat flour. I may end up wih my old job, back which would be great just working 9 to 12 hours a week, plus it’s walking distance from my house. Went looking again at properties, we both just said we can wait four more years until our youngest is finished with school, then we can figure where and what o do without kids, and even if our youngest stays a bit longer he is a lot more easy to deal with then his big sister… Have a great weekend:)

    • Almost There says:

      Mom of Three,

      The only problem with waiting is that the price just keeps going up. I would like to buy some land and build later, but haven’t done so yet… Any chance of finding a location, and buying some land to build what you want, which would most likely be smaller than what you live in now. Smaller = Not as expensive

      • Almost There says

        The only problem with waiting is that the price just keeps going up. I would like to buy some land and build later, but haven’t done so yet… Any chance of finding a location, and buying some land to build what you want, which would most likely be smaller than what you live in now. Smaller = Not as expensive

        That depends on how creative you can be. My kid sister who lives & works in Key West where things are generally very expensive, has a group of Mennonites who are working on her new house at a very good price. Around here you can often hire the Amish who do great work @ good prices. It’s just something to consider. Once you have the land with improvements (water & sewage) you could for a time live in a small used mobile home, like MD’s Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat.

      • mom of three says:

        We do have a second property,we can build on in fact thats what were going to do this year get started. We were trying to figure out either to keep our second place and build or sell and get our house paid down. There were alot of reasons why we have not built , so we both said it’s time to do it. Where we live our area has grown so much in the last 10 years, that you can’t find affordable land. Medium homes this year are $419,000 last year it was $ 375,000, so a huge jump and my kids are going to a wonderful school, that deal with add, adhd, anxity, high fuction autisum, aspergers, they also have a pre school, for the high school moms, so their kids are in a safe place and their moms are able to stay in school. They also teach a lot of neat classes nothing I ever had like Oceanography, forensics, criminology, she loves these classes. We only have 4 years and then we can move on but right now we will just have to hang tight do what i can do… Plus It looks like I will get my old job, back so that will help too yea!!!!

  24. Anonamo Also says:

    Small progress this week.. More work on hen house , hard roof on modified shelter, Egg layers in progress and enjoying their sorrell on a routine schedule. separate housing for chicks working on 6 weeks. growing,… got some oyster shell for the girls.
    All filtered water jugs rotated over past 3 weeks… cleaned out water filters. Have begun rotating several foods not tolerated compltely via cooking and thru chickens for egg production.. will replace with alternates for primary storage and greatly reduced amounts of offending foods for barter.
    Storm system came thru moving very quickly early this am.. from one side of the county- to the other in about 20 min, via radar… timing was good for us , because temp inversions not as severe, so stevere downpours brief and combined with lighter showers intermittent.y…
    Supposed to be cold enough to frost a couple times over next week… so no tender plants out.. only root crops.. thy have survived the freeze so far… sweet potato slips were lost 2 weeks ago… just too early ” sign or no sign” …and more coming on. .. for replanting…
    2 varieties of Okra are up in pots, flowers up in pots, tomitillo verde,, 3 kinds of tomatoes are up and squash, cukes..all up with first leaves… will be ready for grow cups soon… under lights….. large pots are ready to recieve selected things…With current yo yo temps will wait longer rather than plant sooner…

    • GA Red says:

      We are waiting two more weeks too. I just can’t risk losing everything I’ve started and bought. I do have 3 or 4 volunteer tomato plants in the compost bin but they are probably very warm and cozy in there so I’ll transplant them when we plant the garden.

  25. MD,
    Spring has also sprung here with nighttime lows in the 50° range and days no often hitting the low 70’s, Unfortunately these warm days have kept bringing rain and those few dry days have been windy and kicking up that same pollen that bothers you. It doesn’t affect me; but, the DW seems to go through facial tissues by the box, LOL.

    When you state:

    Instead of sending out an email to subscribers of this site every time that a new post is published I’ve decided to send out a weekly digest of posts instead. I decided to do it that way because I didn’t want to be flooding your email inbox with blog updates.

    My opinion is that I hate digest style updates, since you get tons of stuff all at once to wade through. When I get individual comment updates, subscription verifications, and new post announcements, my email client (Mozilla Thunderbird) collects them and sorts them into their respective folders, making the task of reviewing and updating them very easy. You can systematically take each one on one at a time, and read, review or comment as you get the time instead of trying to keep track of where you are in one giant email, which makes it almost as hard as going back through all blog entries.
    If possible, you could let each of us select digest style updates

    This past week we did and acquired the following:
    1. Took the last of the anticoagulants (Plavix) for my aFib. I now take only a 325 mg ASA daily. This should finally end all of the little bleeds, especially nosebleeds.
    2. 8 cans of Progresso soup for the pantry.
    3. 2 jars peanut butter for the pantry
    4. Received Grannys Giant Blueberry Plants (8-Pack) from Woot. Hopefully it will dry out enough to plant them.
    5. Picked up some 2, 4, & 5 pound dumbbells as part of our (DW & I) new exercise regime and brought home some stretchy bands after taking a short class on using them as part of that same program.
    6. I had a birthday yesterday (Friday the 13th) and very uneventfully turned 67; but, there was one odd & kind of spooky thing that happened. I brought up Google and instead of the standard graphics was each of the letters as flickering candles; but, when I moved the mouse over the graphic it says “Happy Birthday” and used my real first name. In a little more than 3 weeks the DW will turn 68 and we’ll be watching to see if the same thing happens. This borders on much too personalized, LOL.
    7. Tried to start and finish my Taxes; but, on attempting to install TurboTax was informed that it will not run on my Windows Vista machine and refused to install. I’ve been working on getting my Windows 7 machine (Core I7) up and running and will complete that task later today. Unfortunately it will be lacking some of my tools, especially Text To Speech and is going to cost me some additional money for those upgrades.
    And Bill Gates is a billionaire selling this crap, LOL.

    • theohioprepper,

      I don’t think that you have ever liked anything that I’ve done when it comes to running a blog lol… Digest email means less stuff in subscribers email inboxes which should be a good thing. Sorry but right now there isn’t a way that I’m aware of in convertkit to let readers choose how they want to receive emails regarding blog updates…

      • M.D.,

        I don’t think that you have ever liked anything that I’ve done when it comes to running a blog lol…

        That’s not true or I would not still be here after nearly a decade, LOL.
        You provide a great service and have fostered a great community.

        Digest email means less stuff in subscribers email inboxes which should be a good thing. Sorry but right now there isn’t a way that I’m aware of in convertkit to let readers choose how they want to receive emails regarding blog updates…

        I know what digest email is and have been on both individual and digest lists since the mid to late 1990’s. Digest does not send you less material, only fewer individual emails, and in my case, those individual emails are easier to manage with the email client I use.
        In any case, I’ll do OK and worst case will have to do some scripting to split things up on my end, so carry on brother and accept my comments as constructive criticism as intended.

      • Salem says:

        I think what goes for me might also apply to TOP:

        Engineers don’t always jive with “normal” people. We ignore what is found to be “working,” and concentrate on fixing any flaws noted in order to get everything working “right.” The lack of positive comments is mistaken for criticism, when in fact no comment means that everything is working great. It takes conscious effort to remember to mention to others when a job is well done.

        Not quite the same, but a true story about parents of a college classmate. The father had learned to cook in the Coast Guard or Navy, I forget which. When he married, he taught his wife how to really cook, He owned a business that required hard physical labor every day, and had a big “Sunday dinner” after work each evening. His wife cooked it daily from scratch. After dinner, he would fall asleep in his chair until bedtime, with never a comment about the food.

        His wife got tired of knocking herself out, so one night she used a sauce from a can instead of making it from scratch. He took a forkful, tasted it, looked up, and asked, “WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH THIS?”. My classmate’s mother told me, “That was my compliment.”

        By the way, thanks for flipping the comments back to oldest first. It wasn’t that way this morning, but is now oldest to newest this evening.

        • Salem,
          Your spot on about engineers and in my case with a vision issues I take measures to make access and management of email and posts as easy as I can for me, and that process may not work for others.
          As for the comments order, that doesn’t really affect me precisely because of the email comments. I try to post relatively early to get all comments after mine working in the emails and then go through them one at a time as I get time, so I can sit for a few hours and handle a lot or just a couple of spare minutes and handle a few. Digest will change that dynamic a bit; but, since I’m retired I’ll cope OK. The unintended consequences of digest mode are all of the comments in that single email will have to somehow be managed, which is something handled today by the individual email messages; but, perhaps the biggest one, will be that all of the posts on the Saturday This week on the Homestead will end up in each person’s email as a large dump on Wednesday, and the only way to manage new comments during your free time on Sunday through Tuesday will be to go back and scan through the comments once again & again.

          • Terra says:

            OP,
            I didn’t read your comments as a complaint either. I read them as a communication to help improve the website, and to make our host aware of new issues that are rising up from the readers perspective. Also, I do think it is the engineer in you that wants to help make things go more efficiently. My stepson is an engineer, and when his father and him hung a blind on my window……well it was too funny. I get it.

      • Bam Bam says:

        MD,

        I would venture to say that OP is an INTJ in the Myers-Briggs topography. This personality type is constantly seeking improvement. All things are open to criticism. Note that criticism is not a bad thing. The INTJ has a natural drive toward perfection.

        • Bam Bam,

          I would venture to say that OP is an INTJ in the Myers-Briggs topography. This personality type is constantly seeking improvement. All things are open to criticism. Note that criticism is not a bad thing. The INTJ has a natural drive toward perfection.

          INTJ? Yep, mostly.
          I am definitely an ‘I’ except in circumstances where I am “in control”, as in teaching a class where I have the knowledge and experience to teach the subject and know I can handle any questions. If however you put me in a party with people I don’t know who talk only about subjects like common sports, you often find me in a corner, nursing a drink and looking at my watch.
          I would say that I am often somewhere between the N & S; but, age, perspective and an eidetic memory no doubt also temper this aspect as does the situation.
          I would say I am a strong ‘T’ and generally take measurable things over those of feelings and beliefs, especially where it can impact other people.
          You got me on ‘J’, although 36 years of marriage and raising 3 children has tempered that a bit and I generally hold off judgment until I get to see how a person interacts. Poor grammar or ignorance can be annoying; but, is not in itself a bad thing; however, if I detect hatred or racist tendencies then I am done with someone.
          But once again perspective leans this a bit toward P. This one allows me to follow the old Will Rogers maxim: “”I never met a man I didn’t like””, right up until they prove to be untrustworthy. If for instance someone knocks on my door late at night, claiming to have car troubles and wants to use the phone, I would probably let them in to use the phone that’s just inside the door; but, I will be armed with a loaded handgun and very much alert.

          • Bam Bam says:

            I came out 100 percent “T” and 100 percent “I”. I was very strong “N” and “J” (83 percent). One of the main characteristics of INTJ is “there’s always room for improvement.”

            • Bam Bam,

              One of the main characteristics of INTJ is “there’s always room for improvement.”

              That would be me and quite a few engineers I’ve known. Those improvements can be in our own knowledge, skills, attitudes, and abilities; but, for engineers it’s often the continuous tweaking of the product until either you finish it to your satisfaction or the marketing people tell you to ship it, LOL.

    • Moe says:

      TOP:
      I hope you had a great birthday. My DH has the 13th day as his birthday (just not April) and so did one of my Great Grandfathers. My ancestor used the number 13 for his cattle brand. We consider 13 good luck in our family.

  26. Daddio7 says:

    Last week we had a weather event that hasn’t happened this time of year for a long time. A front stalled over North Florida and over two days put down more than six inches of rain. Coming down slowly the public had no problems but the area potato farmers took a hit. I grew potatoes for twenty-five years and I know the damage that much water can do. The fields drain well but much of the nitrogen and potash leaches away with it and the roots can rot off. Half the crop is weeks away from harvest so nothing can be done to help. Planting is staggered over four weeks so the later plantings can be fertilized and cultivated to help dry out but yield will still be affected.

    All this extra field work comes at the time farmers are trying to fix up their harvesting equipment. From now until June I could work full time driving a tractor, something that I used to greatly enjoy but now the one hour it takes to mow my yard wipes me out for the rest of the day.

    In keeping with not starting more than I can finish I ordered 12 slips of four different sweet potatoes to experiment with and 250 spawn plugs of three different mushroom types to try. Two weeks ago I managed to run 250 feet of 3/4 in PVC pipe out to the field spot I am using for my garden. Digging a trench to bury the pipe the last 30 feet across my driveway to the field edge about did me in. The rest of it is lying on top of the ground. I am thinking of how to make a trenching plow to pull with my lawn tractor.

    • Babycatcher says:

      Daddio7, It might be worth it to rent a ditch witch. That’s what we are going to do when we install our irrigation system.

  27. suzy q says:

    Reset season is in full swing which means some good paychecks but I have been working early to late (after 9 pm) most weekdays this week. Did find some steak on sale. May try to pick up some more before the sale end.

  28. Docj says:

    First, thank you MD for the free prepping course. I am using it to fine tune what I have and I am forwarding it to family and friends. The whole world is turned upside down but there are white hats working behind the scene to clean up the world wide swamp.

    What a week!!! Prepping everyday. Prepping includes 2-3 hour long workouts in a pool wit a 15 minute hot jacuzzi treatment on my neck and back. Feel more energized. Knees do not hurt like they did. Still warm to the touch. Lower back is better and I cope better with the neck, shoulders, and upper back. “Older” bones, hate the word old, and car accidents do not mix well.

    Now for the good stuff. Twice a month I am adding big time to the food supply. Bought pints and quarts of herbs at organic food store. Have 75 canning tomatoes under lights plus slicing tomatoes, peppers, okra, 25 basil, etc.

    I consolidated 5 containers of seed in one tub with everything bagged by specie. Filled a 30 gallon tub. Found I needed seed for green beans. I now have 3 pounds.

    Putting canned jars into bubble wrapped sleeves/bags DD gets at work. Company throws them away. As she cleans for them and the boss says she can have anything from the trash, she brings them home. She is a real McGyver type!

    Repaired and prepared waist high plant bench (4 x 24’) and planted the first 60 onion plants. Still have 120 plants to go. Did I tell everyone I love onions!

    Continued to second post. Too long!

    • Docj says:

      Dehydrator going. Took frozen berries out of freezer before freezer burn. Rinsed and in dehydrato. Canned 10 pounds of pork tenderloin at $1.79 a pound. Canning 12 pounds of chicken breast at $2.29 a pound.

      Chickens doing well. Will have a new coop in an orchard where they can eat the bugs by next weekend. Starting the coop in the morning; weather permitting. I now have a gentleman to help me with projects.

      A retired vet I watch says “prep, pray, and stay out of the way.” I will add, Keep informed through multiple sources. It is hard to find the truth!

      • Anonamo Also says:

        Small world for those of us who follow news and bloggers on you tube.
        the health ranger has been put back up, but you tube managed to delete thousands of subscribers…. He is starting up an alternative to you tube. supposed to be ready on July 4th.
        Yes, that VETeran does.!….. He is quite upset….over past day…. Something else he says is” God Bless DJT in all his Righteous endeavors”

        ALSO: In the news i saw this week, Facebook is tracking you whether you have a facebook account or not., said litterally every person in the country should be able to file suit against them…… so that they can address us by name thru our computer should not surprise anyone…..

    • Docj,

      You’re welcome. Yes, it’s a mess and seems to be getting worse by the hour.

    • Docj,

      Prepping includes 2-3 hour long workouts in a pool wit a 15 minute hot jacuzzi treatment on my neck and back. Feel more energized. Knees do not hurt like they did. Still warm to the touch. Lower back is better and I cope better with the neck, shoulders, and upper back.

      That sounds like fun. The DW & I are working out at the local “Wellness Center” 3 days a week. We pretty much do the same rotation on the Treadmill, Water Wheel (First Degree E-820 Upper Body Ergometer) and the Nu Step, followed by some light lifting with dumbbells.
      At home we’re also doing the dumbbells and stretch bands.
      I’m doing 12 weeks of cardiac rehab and the DW is just doing the same without the attached EKG leads. Since we both have Silver Sneakers as part of our supplemental insurance the basic fees for the “gym” are covered, so all it takes is making the time and effort to show up and work out.

      “Older” bones, hate the word old, and car accidents do not mix well.

      When I was 25, 60 looked ancient; but, since I just passed 67 and really don’t feel that much different, I’m trying to ignore older and just think of myself as more wise and mature, LOL.

  29. suzy q says:

    MD, despite checking the box requesting notification of new comments I haven’t received the confirmation email and last week didn’t receive any of the new comments after confirming. Thank you.

  30. Labgirl says:

    This week I dry canned more crackers in wide mouth pint jars. Vacuum packed tea and popcorn into quart jars. I pulled more bags of blueberries from the upright freezer and steam juiced them. Still haven’t replaced my small chest freezer so having to make more room. Just haven’t had time to co-ordinate buying and getting it to the house. I must have it replaced by the end of May as blueberry season will be happening again. I don’t know what I was thinking by planting 9 bushes. 6 are now huge and the other 3 are catching up.
    MD, plant blueberries. Easiest fruit to grow.
    Bought: case of jelly jars, 2 bags coffee, pack of wide mouth jar lids and a box of 400 stevia packets.
    I finally got my taxes organized and dropped off at the accountant’s office. They will have to file an extension.
    That’s a load off my mind. I don’t know why I avoid it so hard.
    I weeded more garden and set out eggplants. This morning I fertilized the tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. I put cages around the tomatoes.
    I picked a few loquats and wild blackberries.
    Bad weather is headed our way and we are under a tornado watch until 2am. I bungied the lids down on the chicken tractors so the wind wouldn’t whip them open.
    I have lost 20 pounds on Weight Watchers. I feel and look better IMO.

  31. Bam Bam says:

    I am a teacher and I don’t get a check during the summer months. So I pre-paid the July mortgage. I have another 10 years of mortgage payments. If I can get an extra job to pay an extra principle, I could cut that down to six years. I am feeling house poor at the moment. So no new preps.

    • JP in MT says:

      Bam Bam:

      I did a refi on my house about 5 years ago, to take advantage of lower rates. I am able to send extra money each month in addition to the payment, that comes right off the principle. As a result our 8 year refi will be paid off next June after less than 6 years.

      It might be worth looking into, if your financial insitution offers/allows it.

      If I want to get “ahead” a payment or two, I’d have to send an entire extra month plus escrow. So technically, I’m just “on schedule”, not ahead.

      • Bam Bam says:

        JP,

        We refinanced a few years ago and got the lower rates. The deal allowed us to shave five years off our 30 year mortgage and lowered our rates. If I had it to do all over again, I would have purchased a much smaller home.

      • Terra says:

        Bam Bam,
        We paid off our house early by making extra payments on our principle. Every bit counts. By paying on the principle, you shave off many years, plus you save thousands of dollars in interest. I do understand you making a July payment due to no income during the summer, but when you are working put a set amount on principle each month and its fun watching the principle dwindling. Good luck on your endeavor, and it is a feeling of freedom to own your own home. We do get smacked with real estate taxes each year, but you will always have that.

        • GA Red says:

          Our escrow amount changes every year and it’s gone down the last two. Instead of changing our payment, I asked the mortgage company to apply the extra to principal. It’s not much, but can reduce it a little at a time.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      Tutoring? summer school? teaching skills? You have lots of avenues you can go down..

      • Bam Bam says:

        AA,
        I teach as many class during the summer as they will give me. The problem is there aren’t enough classes to go around. I have put in applications for several positions. But even still, I will pay our August mortgage with my next paycheck. That will tide us over until the new school year.

    • Always Forward says:

      Paying every two weeks instead of monthly will really speed up the process. Even a little extra principal will make a huge difference in the long run. We are going full speed ahead on that project. It’s amazing how much faster the mortgage goes down. In the Great Depression many lost their homes because they realized they didn’t really own them.

      • Bam Bam says:

        AF,

        If I can get another job, I will do this. Right now I have three positions and I am looking to add a fourth. I have some solid prospects.

      • Terra says:

        Always Forward,
        We did the same thing and I tried to put as much as I could each month on the principle. It was amazing to watch the balance go down. My family thought it was a bad idea to pay off the mortgage because I would lose the interest tax deduction, which only equates to about 10 or 20% of the interest you paid on the mortgage. I’d rather not pay the interest in the first place. But let me say that we paid off the house right before we retired which was our goal. It’s very hard to do this when you are young and have a family.

  32. Always Forward says:

    Got a 25-pound bag of sugar on sale. Busy making lovely violet jelly for special gifts. The fig tree and grape vines arrived. Do you think we could try a grape vine in a very large pot? A trip to Trader Joe’s yielded more spices, apple cider vinegar and coconut oil as well as boxed tomato soup, etc. An order of powdered greens arrived as well as more essential oil. Garden plot is pretty well prepped for planting. Kids are going to move their preps items to a local nearby storage unit so they will only have to worry about getting themselves here. Still ticking off doctors’ appts. Goal is to stay current or ahead. Top to bottom spring cleaning is waiting for the pollen to clear. Physical fitness is at a very high level and over the top for our ages. Still working hard (and enjoyably) with good relationships with neighbors. This week we are going to try a bread recipe for bread baked in a Dutch oven. Got the little cheat sheet card for how to place coals on top and bottom for outdoor cooking, which reminds us to get another large bag of charcoal.
    Prayers for The Pack and our president and Nation. Hope the lady with the breast cancer diagnosis is doing well. We got another order of essential oils and research remedies useful without access to medicationa. Still cleaning up and getting rid of useless stuff. It seems not having lots of clutter in a crisis would be a great prep. Oh, ordered black 7-gallon bags for each person’s own bucket toilet and smaller ones for a handicapped potty. Hygiene seems like it will be really critical. Got more liquid dish soap and shampoo too. We try to add on thing to each prep area each week. Whew!

    • Babycatcher says:

      A grape will grow in a pot, if the pot is about 12-18 inches square by same deep. You could keep in in the pot for several years before repotting. Once the vines start growing, the main issue is making sure you have a strong enough tie-down system, so when the wind blows, it won’t knock the plant over. If the pot is against a wall, that might not be an issue. But a fully leafed out grape plant acts like a huge sail in the wind. We get 60 mph straight line winds here.

  33. Almost There says:

    Thanks MD for changing the order of posts back to oldest first. 🙂

    Looks like Fixit won this week.

  34. Mike T says:

    Hello All,
    We are still having crazy temp’s here, so no planting yet. We were able to pick up an additional 525 rounds of 22lr and 350 of 9mm. We also ordered more Non-GMO seeds and utility boxes so we can organize better. As well, we purchased (2) Augason Farms Lasagna #10 cans, (3) packs of pasta, (4) jars of sauce, (6) cans of veggies and fruit, and on review from this site I purchased The Lost Ways book and cannot wait to read it. On a non-prepping side, I purchased a couple of vinyl records since I am big fan of them. I bought LANCO’s record, a reissue of Metallica’s Garage Days Re-Revisited, and the Psychedelic Furs. Yes, I know it’s a wide range of tast, but my wife love a lot of different music. Mike T.

  35. Trev says:

    Practicing our outdoor open fire cooking with a dutch oven, stews and bread are lovely and cutting firewood for the next winter, ground is still flooded so looks like we are going to struggle with planting out and growing this year, not looking good. Always a challenge being reliant on only yourselves!

  36. Bam Bam says:

    Heads Up: 25 percent off Zaycon 93/7 ground beef

    Coupon Code: BEEFSAVINGS

    I just ordered 40 lbs. of Zaycon ground beef for $119.60. Earlier in the week I ordered 80 lbs. of boneless chicken breast for $119.21. The trick here is to Google “Zaycon Coupon Code”.

    This is enough meat to last us the entire summer. We will supplement the chicken and hamburger with Aldi sale items. Woot! Woot! Our summer food budget just looked a lot brighter.

    • Almost There says:

      Bam Bam,

      You can sign up for their e-mails on their site and get all their sales. They have flash sales too that are only good for one day. All their meat is exceptional. Received bacon order, I think it was in January, and it is delicious.

      • Bam Bam says:

        Almost There,

        I agree their meat is exceptional. I need to figure out why their announcement emails of flash sales is going to spam. Ugg.

        • Daddio7 says:

          If you haven’t add their email address to your contact list. You can also open the email in your spam folder and click on the not spam button at the top. I use yahoo mail, yours might be different.

  37. Almost There says:

    MD,

    I just wanted to understand what you will be doing on Wednesday’s. For the Homestead blog, will you still be sending us an e-mail every time someone makes a post? Personally, I like it that way so that I know what is new and don’t have to read the whole thing every time.

    If you mean for the things you send out, are you talking about sending them out all at one time (on Wednesday), and then we make comments and would still get the email for each post comment?

    If we have a vote, I like it the way we get comments now, as they come in. So, I’m not really sure what you mean. Getting the articles, etc once a week is fine with me. But then again, it’s just my 2 cents…

  38. GA Red says:

    This week started by getting the soaked okra seeds into pots – they are already growing quickly. Realized that I soaked 250 seeds and more than half sprouted which is WAY more than I need. I’m giving some away to coworkers and will check with the neighbors soon too.

    Ordered The Lost Ways book, Mobil1 that was on sale on Amazon, another filter for our Alexapure, another flower pot, lids with rings from Woot and another preserving cook book. Already received most of it but still waiting on some. I also bought book 4 of the Firefox series and locks for some new doors for the house. Also picked up more bottled water for our irregular rotation – I don’t use it often but it comes in handy when needed.

    I too am an allergy sufferer. After years of repetitive sinus infections while taking allergy meds year round, I started allergy therapy. I still take 24-hour allergy meds in the Spring, but only some Benadryl in the Fall with nothing in the summer or winter. I still get a random sinus infection but not like I used to.

    Prayers for all in need!

    • Anonamo Also says:

      GA Red, too funny on the okra, i did the same ….with one variety I had,.. knew the seed to be bought in 2012.. so planted about 3 x what I thought we needed,… currently have 85 -100 up… and another variety..planted 50 seed got 14 so far….
      get the free pdf ” the one minute cure” tells how to use and many applications.. cheap.antiviral anti bacterial anti-mold..anti-yeast.. use of Food grade peroxide.. …many things can be mitigated at first symptoms instead of waiting for it to become persistent enough to take meds on any level..

  39. bigben says:

    Enjoy your website very much.
    bigben

  40. Always Forward ,

    Paying every two weeks instead of monthly will really speed up the process.

    It can; but, make sure of the details, since a processing company may aggregate 2 payments into one payment and save you nothing. Make sure you pay the lender directly and make sure the additional is paid on principal.

    In the Great Depression many lost their homes because they realized they didn’t really own them.

    Actually those who lost their homes were the ones who paid ahead or had owned them the longest and had small mortgage balances. These were the homes on which the banks could foreclose and sell at a discount, since they only had to get back what was owed, did not really want to get stuck with a house, and could often make and keep a small profit on the foreclosure.
    Laws have changed and make it harder for lenders to screw the purchasers today, and if they foreclose and sell the property for more than is owed, have to give you the money.

  41. Billy T says:

    Finally came to grips with and mailed my tax returns. Should have done that in January, as I am due about $1750 refund from feds and have to pay state only $209! With assistance of grandsons, hauled a cord of wood to BOL and stacked in woodshed. There is not room for another stick in there, a condition I love! Made several fire starters using toilet tissue tubes, paper, wood chips and paraffin. For those of the clan who are less competent in fire building! Like small paraffin logs.
    I’ve been thinking of the “survival” novels I have read, I think they all have some value, but badly miss the mark in important respects. I don’t believe government will be trying to relocate people from the countryside or otherwise exert tight control. It simply lacks the resources to do that. Those stumblebums will be watching after their own worthless backsides. One thing to be wary of though is the attempt by mayors, police chiefs and governors to unlawfully seize weapons, as was done by Nagel in New Orleans after Katrina and an attempt to do the same by the governor of St. Thomas last year during the annual hurricanes.

    • Billy T ,

      Finally came to grips with and mailed my tax returns. Should have done that in January, as I am due about $1750 refund from feds and have to pay state only $209!

      For the first time in my life I had to file for an extension. It was an intersectional comedy of errors; but, since I will pay nothing nor get a refund it’s all OK. I have the details already entered into my upcoming This Week On The Homestead. report.

      I’ve been thinking of the “survival” novels I have read, I think they all have some value, but badly miss the mark in important respects. I don’t believe government will be trying to relocate people from the countryside or otherwise exert tight control. It simply lacks the resources to do that. Those stumblebums will be watching after their own worthless backsides.

      I volunteer with our local county EMA and numerous first responders and there are at least plans in place to mitigate every scenario that can be conceived. Law enforcement will be used primarily to maintain order and the movement of citizens will be to local Red Cross and Salvation Army shelters if the need arises on an individual basis. If you go to a house and they are sitting snug, safe, and warm, they actually help things out, since it frees up people to help those who really need it.

      One thing to be wary of though is the attempt by mayors, police chiefs and governors to unlawfully seize weapons, as was done by Nagel in New Orleans after Katrina and an attempt to do the same by the governor of St. Thomas last year during the annual hurricanes.

      Firearm confiscation will also not be an issue; but, then again, I live in a mostly rural community in a primarily agricultural county, and those in the big cities could well have it differently.

      • Billy T says:

        Yeah OP, but just a few months ago, the governor of St. Thomas tried it and Nagen actually did have firearms confiscated from law abiding citizens after Katrina. I can easily see it happen in any city or state controlled by anti-gun authorities. Not from me or most other states but some. I would be – and am- wary.

        • Billy T,
          Ohio is in rather good shape on the firearms issues.
          Not only do we have active NRA groups, we also have:
          • Ohio Rifle and pistol Association (ORPA)
          • Ohioans for Concealed Carry
          • Buckeye firearms Association & foundation.
          • Numerous conservation and other gun clubs spread around a state that has some of the best whitetail deer hunting in the nation.
          I do agree however that there are jurisdictions as well as entire states that should be avoided.

          • Billy T says:

            We are fortunate in the Arizona attitude toward firearms also. Unfortunately, we live too close to California. Those escaping California, which is a large number, as well as those from the other liberal meccas try to bring to us the stupid ideas which turned their previous states into shat holes.

            • suzy q says:

              I think that is the mindset of a lot of people. They move to an area that they just love and the first tax statement (property or income tax) and they say where I used to live this or that would be different.
              I’ve often wanted to encourage people to move back to were they came from.

      • Billy T ,

        Finally came to grips with and mailed my tax returns.

        It appears everyone is getting a 1 day extension on taxes this year. Apparently many people trying to file via the IRS.GOV website were getting a “Service not available” web page yesterday, so the deadline has been extended until midnight tonight (Wednesday 4/18).
        And they wonder why our government computer networking infrastructure is vulnerable to hack attacks. Please!!!!!

        • Billy T says:

          Repeat after me, “I love and trust the government, I love and trust the government…”.
          See how much better you feel?!!

          • Billy T ,

            Repeat after me, “I love and trust the government, I love and trust the government…”.

            Why would I tell a bald faced lie to you?

            See how much better you feel?!!

            Actually I do feel a little better, since following the law, no matter how insane you may think it is, keeps the IRS from auditing you or crashing in your door @ 3:00 AM.

  42. Almost There says:

    Hey Thor1,

    Can I have your e-mail address? If so, send to TOP. Thanks.

  43. Stellamaris says:

    I tried to post on Saturday, but I had some “technical difficulty”.
    Anyone want to trade their pollen for some snow? We just keep getting slammed with snowstorms, and everyone here is cranky from being stuck indoors.
    I ordered my package bees Monday this week, to re-start my hive. Hopefully the snow will stop falling before they get here. Tuesday, my seed potatoes arrived. The boys found a big box of votive candles at the recycling drop off, 72 candles. A few of them had been burned, but they have the glass holders, and none were broken. We will add these to our supply, although I think that if they find more candles, I will be sharing some with neighbors because I just don’t have that much room.
    The girls practiced their archery skills this week, in a pole barn. Younger daughter (12) is getting better, but older daughter(14) is already pretty good. Younger daughter had trouble hitting the target at all for a while, but is now able to hit the target at 50 yards every time. I’m thinking that she may need glasses.
    With all of the snow, that’s it for us. Hope everyone has a good week.

    • Stellamaris ,

      Anyone want to trade their pollen for some snow? We just keep getting slammed with snowstorms, and everyone here is cranky from being stuck indoors.

      Unfortunately we are having both snow & pollen in the weirdest spring weather I can remember. We’ve had daytime highs in the 65-70° range with nighttime low in the 25-35° range and whenever we get a warming trend it always comes with some kind of rain.
      We’ve done a bit of shopping and our 3 days a week at the gym have helped a lot; but, I understand the cranky attitude since the DW and I are just getting tired of cold, dreary, and damp. I don’t mind 20° and dry or 80° and humid; but, we find the 40°ish and damp to be more bone chilling than real cold, and have hope that it will eventually go away. We not only have a garden to get in; but, have 3 or 4 outdoor projects just waiting on warmer drier weather.

  44. Jesse Mathewson says:

    Had a good week, picked up a Heritage rough rider 22lr 4.75bbl for $0 *made some trades. My son loves the single action handguns and if that’s what it takes to keep him interested as a teenager who is also high functioning spectrum, well, than that’s what we do.
    Heritage is a Taurus company as of 2012 or 2013, which with Taurus major improvements to their line and tooling is a good thing.

    Had my first run fail, *likker run – it happens I just dont like it when it happens to me haha

    Working on habit based articles for everyone – would love feedback from yall as to anything you’d like to learn etc.

    Hope yall week is good

  45. Christopher Paul Bacon says:

    Hi everyone,
    I’m just checking in. I figured if our host could change the name of his website, I could change my call sign.

  46. Mustang says:

    Finally made it back from out TN/NC land search trip. Spent 8 days looking at over 40 properties and so far found only one worth any serious consideration. It’s a really nice parcel, but only 7.5 acres located in eastern TN. The other drawback is that it’s in a development with restrictions. We’re also looking at purchasing the adjacent 6.5 acre lot so we have more of a buffer. I’m hoping that since there are NO homes in the development yet, we will be able to have some say on what the restrictions are. Currently they are pretty basic….allowing horses, but no other farm animals. We’ll see. The wife wants to be close to neighbors so this may be the best I can hope for. On a positive note, there are lots of wild boar in the area. In fact, there were a few recent hog wallows on the property near the river that runs down the side/back. I’ll be heading back to TN next week to look at some additional properties further north and towards the central part of the state.

    Upon coming home I found the timer for the drip irrigation system died. All 72 cucumber and 14 squash plants were withered and beyond recovering. Purchased more plants locally and planted today so as long as we don’t move too soon, I’ll be able to harvest some of the crops.

    Still hoping to ex-filtrate Virginia Beach before the bubble goes up!

  47. Almost There says:

    MD….. Yep…………

  48. GA Red ,

    I’d also pass on anything with restrictions, but restrictions will go by the wayside if SHTF in a big way.

    If you are prepping for SHTF then you are doing it for the wrong reasons. If SHTF never happened in your lifetime, or the event doesn’t turn us into a complete WROL society, then you must still live by those restrictions, perhaps forever, potentially thwarting your plans, so in the meantime, it’s best to work within the rules an accomplish what you can.
    Even if SHTF occurs and it’s WROL, then you could still have lost tons of time getting your improvements in place, and then having to do them under the gun, so to speak.